Proverbs 16:21
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New International Version
The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.

New Living Translation
The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.

English Standard Version
The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

New American Standard Bible
The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

King James Bible
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning, and pleasant speech increases learning.

International Standard Version
The wise-hearted person is told to be discerning, and that pleasant speech promotes instruction.

NET Bible
The one who is wise in heart is called discerning, and kind speech increases persuasiveness.

New Heart English Bible
The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wise of heart knows understanding, and he whose lips are sweet will increase learning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The person who is truly wise is called understanding, and speaking sweetly helps others learn.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wise in heart is called a man of discernment; And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

New American Standard 1977
The wise in heart will be called discerning,
            And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wise in heart is called a man of understanding; and the sweetness of the lips shall increase doctrine.

King James 2000 Bible
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.

American King James Version
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.

American Standard Version
The wise in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words shall attain to greater things.

Darby Bible Translation
The wise in heart is called intelligent, and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

English Revised Version
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

World English Bible
The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.

Young's Literal Translation
To the wise in heart is called, 'Intelligent,' And sweetness of lips increaseth learning.
Study Bible
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
20He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. 21The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. 22Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus declared, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Proverbs 16:22
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Hosea 14:9
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.
Treasury of Scripture

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.

wise

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

Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 23:15 My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done according to your words: see, I have given you …

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

the sweetness

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish …

Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of …

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

Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which …

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

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

John 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man.

(21) The sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.--Power to express the thoughts in graceful language adds greatly to the value of learning.

Verse 21. - The wise in heart shall be called prudent. True wisdom is recognized and acknowledged as such, especially when it has the gift of expressing itself appropriately (see on Proverbs 24:8). The sweetness (Proverbs 27:9) of the lips increaseth learning. People listen to instruction at the mouth of one who speaks well and winningly. Such a one augments knowledge in others, and in himself too, for he learns by teaching. Knowledge ought not to be buried in one's own mind, but produced on fit occasions and in suitable words for the edification of others. Ecclus. 20:30, "Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both?" (see Matthew 5:15). Septuagint, "The wise and prudent they call worthless (φαύλους); but they who are sweet in word shall hear more." Wise men are called bad and worthless by the vulgar herd, either because they do not impart all they know, or because they are envied fear their learning; but those who are eloquent and gracious in speech shall receive much instruction from what they bear, every one being ready to converse with them anal impart any knowledge which they possess. The wise in heart shall be called prudent,.... He that has true wisdom in the inward part; who knows his heart and the haughtiness of it; who has the fear of God in it, which is the beginning of wisdom; who is wise unto salvation, not only knows the scheme of it, but is experimentally acquainted with it; who has not head knowledge and wisdom only, but heart knowledge and wisdom, and behaves wisely in his life and conversation; who is so wise and endued with knowledge, as, out of a good conversation, to show his works with meekness of wisdom; such a man is called, reckoned, accounted, and spoken well of, as a prudent man among all wise and knowing persons;

and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning; who, besides a wise heart and a knowing head, have the gift of elocution; can deliver themselves in a flowing easy style; can clothe their thoughts with proper words, and convey their ideas in clear expressions, in a very edifying and instructive manner: these communicate knowledge to others, and increase it in themselves: for, while they are improving others, they improve themselves and learning also, whether it be divine or human; these are such who are "apt to teach", 1 Timothy 3:2; and if they have proper hearers to attend them, they will "increase in learning", as a just man does, Proverbs 9:9. 21. wise in heart—who rightly consider duty.

sweetness of the lips—eloquent discourse, persuades and instructs others.16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.
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