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

  • Jerry
    "The backslider in heart..." for all have sinned...you won't "QUIT" sinning til the day you die! So in this sense, we all backslid to a certain extend! But we shouldn't stay here in a backslidden condition too long... we should just confess our sins and get right with the Lord.
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 14: "Backslider", better rendered, "hypocrite, deceiver, pretender", may say the right things to appear to be something he isn't, is ruled by the senses, therefore will reap what is truly inside produced by his own wicked imagination. The "good man", ie. the person ruled by the Holy Spirit, will bring forth the good things which his own imagination produces. Matt.12:35
  • Steve
    We are living in the Church age so we are saved by Paul's Gospel 1Corinthians 15: 1-4 The old testament saints were not saved the same way we are because JESUS had not died yet. When they died they went to Abrahams bosom because they could not go to heaven yet because the blood of bulls and goats could not pay for their sin. It was not until JESUS died on the cross that all our sin was paid
  • 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.

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