NABRENew American Bible, revised edition
3Those who guard their mouths preserve themselves;#Preserve themselves: in Hebrew, literally to preserve the throat area, the moist breathing center of one’s body, thus “life,” “soul,” or “self.” There is wordplay: if you guard your mouth (= words) you guard your “soul.” Fools, on the other hand, do not guard but open their lips and disaster strikes. A near duplicate is 21:23.
those who open wide their lips bring ruin.#b. [13:3] Prv 18:7; 21:23.
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