The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.
The charity that wins a soul begins at home; and if it do not begin there it will never begin. The order of nature in this work is, "save yourselves and them that hear you." But though this charity begins at home, it does not end there. From its centre outward, and onward all around, like the ripple on the surface of the lake, compassion for the lost will run, nor stop until it touch the shore of time. Winning immortal souls is work for wise men, and we lack wisdom. On this point there is a special promise from God. Those who need wisdom and desire to use it in this work will get it for the asking. The wisdom needed is different from the wisdom of men. It is very closely allied to the simplicity of a little child. Much of it lies in plainness and promptness.
(W. Arnot, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
WEB: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. He who is wise wins souls.