Proverbs 18:21

NET ©

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit.

NIV ©

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

NASB ©

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

NLT ©

Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.

MSG ©

Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit--you choose.

BBE ©

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and those to whom it is dear will have its fruit for their food.

NRSV ©

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

NKJV ©

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

KJV
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and life
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[are] in the power
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of the tongue
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and they that love
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it shall eat
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the fruit
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thereof.
HEBREW
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hybhaw
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Nwsl
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twm (18:21)
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LXXM
yanatov
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N-NSM
kai
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CONJ
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N-NSF
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PREP
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PRT
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NET © [draft] ITL
Death
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and life
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are in the power
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of the tongue
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, and those who love
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its use will eat
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its fruit
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.
NET © Notes

tn Heb “in the hand of.”

sn What people say can lead to life or death. The Midrash on Psalms shows one way the tongue [what is said] can cause death: “The evil tongue slays three, the slanderer, the slandered, and the listener” (Midrash Tehillim 52:2). See J. G. Williams, “The Power of Form: A Study of Biblical Proverbs,” Semeia 17 (1980): 35-38.

tn The referent of “it” must be the tongue, i.e., what the tongue says (= “its use”). So those who enjoy talking, indulging in it, must “eat” its fruit, whether good or bad. The expression “eating the fruit” is an implied comparison; it means accept the consequences of loving to talk (cf. TEV).