Proverbs 15:23
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New International Version
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!

New Living Translation
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

English Standard Version
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

New American Standard Bible
A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

King James Bible
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word--how good that is!

International Standard Version
An appropriate answer brings joy to a person, and a well-timed word is a good thing.

NET Bible
A person has joy in giving an appropriate answer, and a word at the right time--how good it is!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The word of his mouth is joy to a man, and it is good for him that speaks in his time.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person is delighted to hear an answer from his own mouth, and a timely word-oh, how good!

Jubilee Bible 2000
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

King James 2000 Bible
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

American King James Version
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

American Standard Version
A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it!

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best.

Darby Bible Translation
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word in its season, how good is it!

English Revised Version
A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word in due season, how good is it!

Webster's Bible Translation
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

World English Bible
Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time!

Young's Literal Translation
Joy is to a man in the answer of his mouth, And a word in its season -- how good!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:16,17. Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked. 18. He that is slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. 19. Those who have no heart to their work, pretend that they cannot do their work without hardship and danger. And thus many live always in doubt about their state, because always in neglect of some duty. 20. Those who treat an aged mother or a father with contempt or neglect, show their own folly. 21. Such as are truly wise, study that their thoughts, words, and actions should be regular, sincere, and holy. 22. If men will not take time and pains to deliberate, they are not likely to bring any thing to pass. 23. Wisdom is needed to suit our discourse to the occasions. 24. A good man sets his affections on things above; his way leads directly thither.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23 - A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth. The idea of the preceding verse concerning counsel is maintained. A counsellor gives wise and skilful advice, or makes a timely speech; and, knowing how much harm is done by rash or evil words, he naturally rejoices that he has been able to be useful, and has avoided the errors which the tongue is liable to incur. A word spoken in due season, sermo opportunus, is advice given at the right moment and in the most suitable manner, when the occasion and the interests at stake demand it (comp. Proverbs 25:11). The LXX. connects this verse with the preceding, and renders, "The evil man will not hearken to it (counsel), nor will he say aught in season or for the public good."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth,.... When his advice is asked, and he gives good and wholesome counsel, and that being taken succeeds; it is a pleasure to a man that he is capable of assisting his friend, and doing him service, or a common good, whether it be in things natural, civil, or religious; when his speech is with salt, seasoned with grace, and he knows how he ought to answer every man; when that which is good proceeds from him, and is to the use of edifying, and ministers grace to the hearers, and is acceptable to them; when with readiness he gives an answer to every man that asks him a reason of the hope that is in him, with meekness and fear, Colossians 3:6, Ephesians 4:29;

and a word spoken in due season, how good is it? whether by way of advice and counsel to such who stand in need of it, or of exhortation and instruction to those that want it, or of comfort to those that are distressed; such is a word of promise spoken and applied by the Spirit of God to the hearts of his people in a time of need; and such is the Gospel of peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation, as spoken by Christ and his ministers to weary and wounded souls; it cannot be well and fully expressed how sweet, how good, how suitable, as well as seasonable, it is: see Proverbs 25:11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. Good advice blesses the giver and receiver.

Proverbs 15:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
22Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed. 23A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word! 24The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:14
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 25:11
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.

Isaiah 50:4
The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
Treasury of Scripture

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

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Proverbs 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and …

Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right.

Proverbs 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that gives a right answer.

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

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should …

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1 Samuel 25:32,33 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which …

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