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

New Living Translation
The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.

English Standard Version
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

New American Standard Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so.

King James Bible
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.

International Standard Version
What the wise have to say disseminates knowledge, but it's not in the heart of fools to do so.

NET Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of the wise speak knowledge and the hearts of fools are unrighteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lips of wise people spread knowledge, but a foolish attitude does not.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lips of the wise disperse wisdom, but the heart of the foolish does not so.

King James 2000 Bible
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so.

American King James Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so.

American Standard Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: the heart of fools shall be unlike.

Darby Bible Translation
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but not so the heart of the foolish.

English Revised Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lips of the wise diffuse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

World English Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
The lips of the wise scatter knowledge, And the heart of fools is not right.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:3. Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under God's eye. This speaks comfort to saints, and terror to sinners. 4. A good tongue is healing to wounded consciences, by comforting them; to sin-sick souls, by convincing them; and it reconciles parties at variance. 5. If instruction is despised, reprove men rather than suffer them to go on undisturbed in the way to ruin. 6. The wealth of worldly men increases their fears and suspicions, adds strength to their passions, and renders the fear of death more distressing. 7. We use knowledge aright when we disperse it; but the heart of the foolish has nothing to disperse that is good. 8,9. The wicked put other things in the stead of Christ's atonement, or in the place of holy obedience. Praying graces are his gift, and the work of his Spirit, with which he is well pleased. 10. He that hates reproof shall perish in his sins, since he would not be parted from them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - The lips of the wise disperse knowledge (ver. 2; Proverbs 10:31). The LXX. takes the verb יִרָוּ in its other signification of "binding" or "embracing," and translates, "The lips of the wise are bound (δέδεται) with knowledge;" i.e. knowledge is always on them and controls their movements. The wise know when to speak, when to be silent, and what to say. But the heart of the foolish doeth not so; i.e. doth not disperse knowledge. Vulgate, cor stultorum dissimile erit, "will be unlike," which probably means the same as the Authorized Version. (Compare a similar use of the words lo-ken in Genesis 48:18; Exodus 10:11.) But the contrast is stated rather weakly by this rendering, lips and heart having the same office to perform; hence it is better, with Delitzsch, Ewald, and others, to take כֵן (ken) as an adjective in the sense of "right" or "trustworthy," and either to supply the former verb, "disperseth that which is not right," or to render, "The heart of the foot is not directed right;" the fool goes astray, and leads himself and others into error. Septuagint, "The hearts of fools are not safe (ἀσφαλεῖς)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,.... Scatter it about for the benefit of others; they are communicative and diffusive of it unto others, that fruit may abound to their account: so the first ministers of the Gospel diffused the savour of the knowledge of Christ and his Gospel in every place; their words went into all the earth, and their sound to the end of the world; and so every Gospel minister will speak according to the oracles of God, and according to the abilities and measure of the gift which he has received; and to the utmost of his power feeds souls with knowledge and understanding;

but the heart of the foolish doth not so; does not disperse knowledge, for he has no solid substantial knowledge in him: or, "the heart of the foolish is not right" (x); it is full of folly and wickedness: or "the heart of the foolish does not disperse that which is right" (y); true and right things, and the knowledge of them; but, on the contrary, as in Proverbs 15:2, "pours out foolishness".

(x) "non erit rectum", Pagninus, Baynus; "non est rectum", Piscator, Mercerus. (y) "Spargit quod abest a recto", Junius & Tremellius, Amama; "eventilant non rectum", Schultens, Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. (Compare Pr 10:20, 21).

heart … not so—not right, or vain.

Proverbs 15:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
6Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked. 7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so. 8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

Proverbs 15:6
The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

Proverbs 15:8
The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
Treasury of Scripture

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so.

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Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your …

Psalm 51:13-15 Then will I teach transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted …

Psalm 71:15-18 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all …

Psalm 78:2-6 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old…

Psalm 119:13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth.

Ecclesiastes 12:9,10 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the …

Songs 4:11 Your lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are …

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you …

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Acts 18:9,10 Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, …

Romans 10:14-17 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and …

Romans 15:18-21 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ …

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

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

the heart

Proverbs 10:20,21 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked …

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

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

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