Ecclesiastes 10:12
Context
Wisdom and Folly

1Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking smell: so does a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor. 2A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. 3Yes also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails him, and he said to every one that he is a fool. 4If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses. 5There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceeds from the ruler: 6Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. 7I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking as servants on the earth. 8He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks an hedge, a serpent shall bite him. 9Whoever removes stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that splits wood shall be endangered thereby. 10If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. 11Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better. 12The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 15The labor of the foolish wearies every one of them, because he knows not how to go to the city. 16Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning! 17Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! 18By much slothfulness the building decays; and through idleness of the hands the house drops through. 19A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things. 20Curse not the king, no not in your thought; and curse not the rich in your bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which has wings shall tell the matter.
Cross References
Luke 4:22
And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?


Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.


Proverbs 10:14
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.


Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness.


Proverbs 18:7
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.


Proverbs 22:11
He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.


Ecclesiastes 4:5
The fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh.


Ecclesiastes 9:17
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that rules among fools.


Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.


Treasury of Scripture

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

words

Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands...

Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief.

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.

Psalm 40:9,10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, you know...

Psalm 71:15-18 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof...

Proverbs 10:13,20,21,31,32 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding...

Proverbs 12:13,14,18 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble...

Proverbs 15:2,23 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness...

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning...

Proverbs 22:17,18 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge...

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver...

Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things...

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

gracious

2 Samuel 1:16 And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

1 Kings 20:40-42 And as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said to him, So shall your judgment be...

Psalm 64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall on themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

Psalm 140:9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

Proverbs 10:8,10,14 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall...

Proverbs 18:6-8 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes...

Proverbs 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape.

Proverbs 26:9 As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man...

Strong's Concordance
The words of a wise man's mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Topical Bible
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