Proverbs 14:23

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

In all labour there is profit: but the talke of the lippes tendeth onely to penury.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In all labor there is profit, But mere talk {leads} only to poverty.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In all labor there is profit; But the talk of the lips `tendeth' only to penury.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In all hard work there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor.
- Basic English Bible

In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to want.
- Darby Bible

In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
- Webster's Bible

In all hard work there is profit, but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.
- World English Bible

In all labour there is advantage, And a thing of the lips [is] only to want.
- Youngs Literal Bible

In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 14:23


14:23 The talk - Idle talking will bring a man to poverty.


Discussion for Proverbs 14

  • Irene123
    To Brianna - I really liked that - don't believe everything one hears about God and His Word, but search it out - Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11. Something else interesting here: Jesus wasn't talking about the N.T. scriptures because they weren't written then; He referred to the O.T. Jesus and salvation are all thru the Old; that's what the old was all about.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 15
    The practical wisdom found in the Bible truly surpasses human thinking. This verse can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. There are so many religions and teachings, and sometimes people never research. However, this verse tells us not to believe everything we hear. Rather, THINK and research to make sure it is true.
  • Phakamani Ngema for verse 12
    This verse is based on Christians decision making, there are decisions a man does he she may think it is good but at the end he she will find hm self in danger.
  • Eric Osadebe for verse 12
    The above scripture stands to encourage Christians not to go into worldly things because the end of it is always destructive
  • 14 verse 12 is a good verse to read especially if you 're thinking of getting into the occult, witchcraft, or satanism.
  • Raphael Aminu Echioda for verse 34
    When someone has the fear of God in him her,you will have access to the secret place of the most high God. But sin is deny you of going to His presence. Just like when you offend your fellow you will be shame of request something from him her your sin will hinder you and even been obstacle.

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