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Proverbs 12:18


Speaking recklessly 1  is like the thrusts of a sword, but the words 2  of the wise bring 3  healing. 4 


Ps 52:2; Ps 57:4; Ps 59:7; Ps 64:3; Pr 10:20,21; Pr 13:17; Pr 15:7; Pr 16:24; Pr 25:18; Da 11:33; Jas 3:6-8; Re 1:16; Re 22:2

NET © Notes

tn The term בּוֹטֶה (boteh) means “to speak rashly [or, thoughtlessly]” (e.g., Lev 5:4; Num 30:7).

tn Heb “the tongue” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV). The term לָשׁוֹן (lashon, “tongue”) functions as a metonymy of cause for what is said.

tn The term “brings” does not appear in the Hebrew but is supplied in the translation for the sake of clarity and smoothness.

sn Healing is a metonymy of effect. Healing words are the opposite of the cutting, irresponsible words. What the wise say is faithful and true, gentle and kind, uplifting and encouraging; so their words bring healing.

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