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

New Living Translation
The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

English Standard Version
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

New American Standard Bible
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

King James Bible
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.

International Standard Version
The mind of the righteous thinks before speaking, but the wicked person spews out evil.

NET Bible
The heart of the righteous considers how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The heart of the righteous meditates upon the faith, and the mouth of the evils speaks evil things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The heart of a righteous person carefully considers how to answer, but the mouths of wicked people pour out a flood of evil things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of the righteous studies to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

King James 2000 Bible
The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

American King James Version
The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

American Standard Version
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked over floweth with evils.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of a righteous [man] studieth to answer; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

English Revised Version
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

World English Bible
The heart of the righteous weighs answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the righteous meditateth to answer, And the mouth of the wicked uttereth evil things.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:25. Pride is the ruin of multitudes. But those who are in affliction God will support. 26. The thoughts of wicked men offend Him who knows the heart. 27. The covetous man lets none of his family have rest or enjoyment. And greediness of gain often tempts to projects that bring ruin. 28. A good man is proved to be a wise man by this; he governs his tongue well.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - The heart of the righteous studieth to answer. The good man deliberates before he speaks, takes time to consider his answer, lest he should say anything false, or inexpedient, or injurious to his neighbour. A Latin adage runs -

"Qui bene vult fari debet bene praemeditari." Says Theognis -

Βουλεύου δὶς καὶ τρίς ὅτοί κ ἐπὶ τὸν νόον
Ἀτηρὸς γὰρ ἀεὶ λάβρος ἀνὴρ τελέθει

"Whate'er comes in your mind, deliberate;
A hasty man but rushes on his fate."
Septuagint, "The heart of the prudent will meditate πίστεις," which may mean "truth," "fidelity," or "proofs." The Vulgate has "obedience," implying attention to the inward warnings of conscience and grace, before the mouth speaks. Poureth out (ver. 2). The wicked man never considers; evil is always on his lips and running over from his mouth. Septuagint, "The mouth of the ungodly answereth evil things." The LXX. here inserts ch. 16:7.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer,.... He thinks before he speaks, meditates what he shall say, what answer to give to men; whether in things civil, natural, or religious; and what to return to the Lord when he is reproved by him; or what to say in prayer to him, or by way of thankfulness for mercies received from him; see Proverbs 3:6; though our Lord advises his disciples, when summoned before their persecutors, not to meditate beforehand what they should answer, since they should have immediate assistance, Luke 21:14; but this was in extraordinary cases; in common ones the observation of the wise man should be attended to. A Jewish (u) writer renders the words, "the heart of the righteous meditates wormwood", or bitter things; see Proverbs 5:4; as the judgment of God, death, and hell; this sense is mentioned by Aben Ezra, but rejected;

but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things; without any previous thought and consideration, without fear or wit; in great abundance, as water out of a fountain; thus an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil things readily and at once, having no concern about the consequences of things, Matthew 12:25; See Gill on Proverbs 15:2.

(u) Kabvenaki.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. (Compare Pr 15:14; 10:11). Caution is the fruit of wisdom; rashness of folly.

Proverbs 15:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
27He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live. 28The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. 29The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.…
Cross References
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

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 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

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

Proverbs 16:23
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.
Treasury of Scripture

The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

heart

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

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

1 Kings 3:23-28 Then said the king, The one said, This is my son that lives, and …

Ecclesiastes 5:2,6 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter …

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

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Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains …

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

Proverbs 29:11,20 A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards…

Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool …

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially …

James 3:6-8 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

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