Proverbs 18:21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that loue it shall eate the fruite thereof.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
- Darby Bible

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it.
- Webster's Bible

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.
- World English Bible

Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, And those loving it eat its fruit.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that indulge it shall eat the fruit thereof.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 18:21


18:21 Death and life - Are brought upon men by, the good or bad use of their tongues. Lovest - That love much talking.


Discussion for Proverbs 18

  • Jerry Hatcher
    18- Casting lots is a method to settle things, such as today we can draw straws. Even Kings (might men) in those days used it. 19- An offend brother is harder to reach (break thru to like defenses of a city) because they put up a defense around them like bars.
  • Carol
    It sounds like an offence could be big enough to build walls between brothers. Once this happens the restoration is not easy but could perhaps be possible with the Lord's help. I believe to break downs walls may require authentic repentance and seeking forgiveness. Restitution may be a necessary step. Deep soul searching and genuine desire to be a godly person may be required.
  • Paul
    What is the clear explanation on the book of proverbs chapter 18 verses 19? Kindly explain what it means in details.
  • Ionie Carter
    It tells you about bad
  • Carolyn Burley for verse 21
    I believe that this means as the Bible says you shall have whatsoever you sayeth. If you speak sickness and disease that is what you will have. Words like my head is killing me, denotes death. Word like by his stripes I am healed of all disease and afflictions brings life and health.
  • Kendall for verse 21
    I feel it means speak up. When god speaks within in US.. we must then speak out. Example being knowing right from wrong and not only choosing right for yourself, but also guiding others to do right as well, whereas they might not if you don 't use the power of the tongue.

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