Proverbs 15:2
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New International Version
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

New Living Translation
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

English Standard Version
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

New American Standard Bible
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

King James Bible
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.

International Standard Version
The wise speak, presenting knowledge appropriately, but fools spout foolishness.

NET Bible
The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly, but the mouth of the fool spouts out folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The tongue of wisdom adorns knowledge, and the mouth of fools vomits a curse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tongues of wise people give good expression to knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out a flood of stupidity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The tongue of the wise shall adorn wisdom, but the mouth of fools shall speak foolishness.

King James 2000 Bible
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.

American King James Version
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.

American Standard Version
The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools poureth out folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: but the mouth of fools bubbleth out folly.

Darby Bible Translation
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright; but the mouth of the foolish poureth out folly.

English Revised Version
The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

World English Bible
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools gush out folly.

Young's Literal Translation
The tongue of the wise maketh knowledge good, And the mouth of fools uttereth folly.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:1 A right cause will be better pleaded with meekness than with passion. Nothing stirs up anger like grievous words. 2. He that has knowledge, is to use it aright, for the good of others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright. This means either, brings it forth opportunely, it the right time and place, or illustrates it, makes it beautiful and pleasant, as ver. 13. The wise man not only has knowledge, but can give it appropriate expression (comp. Proverbs 16:23). Vulgate, "The tongue of the wise adorneth wisdom." The wise man, by producing his sentiments and opinions in appropriate language and on proper occasions, commends wisdom, and renders it acceptable to his hearers. Septuagint, "The tongue of the wise knoweth what is fair (καλά)." But the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness (ver. 28). A fool cannot open his mouth without exposing his folly; he speaks without due consideration or discretion; as the Vulgate terms it, ebullit, "he bubbles over," like a boiling pot, which emits its contents inopportunely and uselessly. Septuagint, "The mouth of fools proclaimeth evil."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright,.... As the heart of a wise and good man is filled with useful knowledge, civil, moral, spiritual, and evangelical; so he takes care to communicate it, at proper times and seasons, in proper places, and to proper persons; adapting it to their case and circumstances, so as it may be for their comfort, edification, and instruction, and minister grace unto them; which is using knowledge "well", as the word (s) signifies: such an use of it recommends it, and makes it appear beautiful and lovely, decorates and adorns it. Thus every good man, out of the good treasure of knowledge in his heart, brings forth his good things seasonably, to the use of edifying; in like manner, ministers of the word, scribes well instructed in the things of God, bring forth both new and old, to the profit of those to whom they minister; so Christ, as man and Mediator, had the tongue of the learned, to speak a word in season to weary souls;

but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness; their knowledge, as they take it to be, but it is no other than folly; this they throw out in great plenty, in a hurry, without fear or wit; they "babble" it out, as the word (t) signifies, as water out of a fountain; their hearts are full of it, and their mouths proclaim it, Proverbs 12:23.

(s) "utitur bene", Castalio; "pulchre", Vatablus. (t) "effutit, ebullit, fundit", Vatablus; "eructat", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ebullit", V. L. Tigurine version, Schultens; "scaturire facit", Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. useth … aright—commends knowledge by its proper use.

poureth out—utters abundantly (Pr 12:23), and so disgusts others.

Proverbs 15:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
1A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. 2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. 3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.…
Cross References
Psalm 59:7
See what they spew from their mouths-- the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, "Who can hear us?"

Proverbs 12:23
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 13:16
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

Proverbs 15:7
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.

Proverbs 15:28
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.

Ecclesiastes 10:14
and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell someone else what will happen after them?
Treasury of Scripture

The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.

tongue

Proverbs 15:23,28 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due …

Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man conceals knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

Proverbs 13:16 Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.

Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

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

Psalm 45:1 My heart is gushing a good matter: I speak of the things which I …

Ecclesiastes 10:12,13 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool …

poureth

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: …

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