Proverbs 16:23
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New International Version
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.

New Living Translation
From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.

English Standard Version
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

New American Standard Bible
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.

King James Bible
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech.

International Standard Version
A wise person's thoughts control his words, and his speech promotes instruction.

NET Bible
A wise person's heart makes his speech wise and it adds persuasiveness to his words.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise heart knows the speech of its mouth and adds learning to its lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wise person's heart controls his speech, and what he says helps others learn.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of the wise causes his mouth to be prudent, and with his lips he shall increase doctrine.

King James 2000 Bible
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

American King James Version
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

American Standard Version
The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of the wise maketh his mouth intelligent, and upon his lips increaseth learning.

English Revised Version
The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

World English Bible
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the wise causeth his mouth to act wisely, And by his lips he increaseth learning,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth. Out of the abundance of his heart the wise man speaks; the spirit within him finds fit utterance. Pectus est quod disertos facit. The thought and mind control the outward expression and make it eloquent and persuasive (comp. Proverbs 15:2). And addeth learning to his lips; Vulgate, "addeth grace." But lekach, which means properly "reception," "taking in," is best rendered "learning," as in ver. 21; Proverbs 1:5, etc. The intellect and knowledge of the wise display themselves in their discourse. Delitzsch, "Learning mounteth up to his lips." Ecclus. 21:26, "The heart of fools is in their mouth; but the mouth of the wise is in their heart." Septuagint, "The heart of the wise will consider what proceedeth from his mouth; and on his lips he will carry prudence (ἐπιγνωμοσύνην)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth,.... That is, a man that is wise in heart, as in Proverbs 16:21; his heart will teach his mouth what to say, when to say it, and before whom; it will prompt him to matter, that he shall not be at a loss what to say, nor how to say; it will furnish him with words and things; out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, Matthew 12:34;

and addeth learning to his lips: so that he does not deliver out mere words, but solid learning along with them, instructive to himself and others. The Targum is,

"and by his lips he addeth doctrine;''

or increases knowledge.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. The heart is the source of wisdom flowing from the mouth.

Proverbs 16:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
22Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly. 23The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips. 24Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Psalm 37:30
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.

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

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

Proverbs 16:22
Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
Treasury of Scripture

The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

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Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the …

Proverbs 22:17,18 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your …

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment…

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

Matthew 12:34,35 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

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