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

  • Brianna
    Vs. 1 Whoever isolates himself pursues his own selfish desires; He rejects all practical wisdom.

    Jehovah God made us to be gregarious people. It is not good for us to isolate ourselves or think we can do everything on our own. God has made a congregation to help us and provide comfort as well as himself. Let us always fellowship with God and our brothers at our christian meetings.
  • Malcolm
    This verse reminds me of the apostle Paul's exhortation to the early church in Romans 8:31 b 'If God be for us, who can be against us' The great picture of the tower reminded me of the strength of our Protector and Saviour. Thank you for your discussion of this verse. I found it a real blessing.
  • Anonymous
    HE IS A STRONG TOWER ABLE TO RAISE AN AUTOMATIC STANDARD AGAINST THOSE RISING AGAINST ME
  • Eliud
    it is very encouraging that our God works His purposes out
  • 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.
  • 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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