Proverbs 10:31

The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom,.... As the earth brings forth its increase, and a tree brings forth its fruit; hence speech is called the fruit of the lips; wisdom is good fruit; a good man is comparable to the fruitful earth, and to a good tree; whose mouth brings forth wise things in abundance, which are very pleasant and profitable; not worldly wisdom, much less devilish; not merely natural wisdom, but spiritual and evangelical; see Psalms 37:30;

but the froward tongue shall be cut out; or "cut down" {z}; as an unprofitable tree, which brings forth nothing but perverse things; things contrary to God and good men, to truth and right reason, to the light of nature, the law of God, and Gospel of Christ. Such "a tongue of perversities" {a}, as it may be rendered, that brings forth blasphemies against God, his tabernacle and his saints, as the tongue of antichrist does, deserves to be cut out, as the tongue of a blasphemer.

{z} trkt "succidetur", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus.
{a} twkpht Nwvl "lingua perversitatum", Montanus, Junius & Tremeilius, Gejerus, Michaelis.