Proverbs 10:11-13

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

Proverbs 10:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
ESV
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
NLT
11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.
MSG
11 The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.
CSB
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 10:11-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PROVERBS 10

From this chapter to the "twenty fifth" are various proverbial sentences, without any very apparent connection or coherence with each other; describing righteous and wicked men; setting forth their different temper, conduct, and actions, and the fruits and effects of them. It should be observed, that frequently in the preceding chapters two persons are represented as women; one goes by the name of "Wisdom", the other is called the "foolish" woman and a "harlot"; the former is clearly to be understood of Christ; and the latter, being opposed to him, must be antichrist, the whore of Rome, and mother of harlots: now in the following part of this book two sorts of persons are spoken of; the one as wise, righteous, good and the other as foolish, wicked, &c. who are no other than the followers of Christ and antichrist; which observation is a key to the whole book.

Proverbs 10:11-13 In-Context

9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
14 The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

Cross References 5

  • 1. ver 27; Psalms 37:30; S Proverbs 3:18; S Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 11:30; Proverbs 13:12,14,19; Proverbs 14:27; Proverbs 15:4; Proverbs 16:22
  • 2. S ver 6
  • 3. Proverbs 17:9; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 1 Peter 4:8
  • 4. ver 31; S Psalms 37:30; Proverbs 15:7
  • 5. S Deuteronomy 25:2; Proverbs 14:3; Proverbs 26:3
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