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Proverbs 13:3

Context
NETBible

The one who guards his words 1  guards his life, but 2  whoever is talkative 3  will come to ruin. 4 

XREF

Ps 39:1; Pr 10:19; Pr 12:13; Pr 21:23; Mt 12:36,37; Jas 1:26; Jas 3:2-12

NET © Notes

tn Heb “mouth” (so KJV, NAB). The term פֶּה (peh, “mouth”) functions as a metonymy of cause for speech.

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

tn Heb “opens wide his lips.” This is an idiom meaning “to be talkative” (BDB 832 s.v. פָּשַׂק Qal). Cf. NIV “speaks rashly”; TEV “a careless talker”; CEV “talk too much.”

sn Tight control over what one says prevents trouble (e.g., Prov 10:10; 17:28; Jas 3:1-12; Sir 28:25). Amenemope advises to “sleep a night before speaking” (5:15; ANET 422, n. 10). The old Arab proverb is appropriate: “Take heed that your tongue does not cut your throat” (O. Zockler, Proverbs, 134).



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