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How can our lips "nourish many" (Proverbs 10:21

Proverbs 10:21 NIV: The lips of the righteous nourish many,

Proverbs 10:21

ESV - 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Clarify Share Report Asked May 12 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
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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