Proverbs 10:21 NIV: The lips of the righteous nourish many,
ESV - 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.
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I would say that the proverb is using the word "nourish" in a spiritual or intellectual sense, rather than referring to physical sustenance. Various translations or renderings of the text of the verse on the biblehub.com website convey this by the use of alternate words such as "encourage", "guide", "instruct", and "teach" to describe the beneficial effect of the righteous or wise person's words on others.
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