Proverbs 15:4

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but peruersnesse therein is a breach in the spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A comforting tongue is a tree of life, but a twisted tongue is a crushing of the spirit.
- Basic English Bible

Gentleness of tongue is a tree of life; but crookedness therein is a breaking of the spirit.
- Darby Bible

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.
- Webster's Bible

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.
- World English Bible

A healed tongue [is] a tree of life, And perverseness in it -- a breach in the spirit.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A soothing tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness therein is a wound to the spirit.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 15:4


15:4 Wholesome - Which utters sound and useful counsels. Tree of life - Is greatly useful to preserve the present life, and to promote the spiritual and eternal life, both of the speaker and hearers. Perverseness - False or corrupt speeches. A breach - Disturbs and wounds the spirits, both of the speaker and hearers.


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