Proverbs 17:27
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New International Version
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

New Living Translation
A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.

English Standard Version
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

New American Standard Bible
He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

King James Bible
He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding.

International Standard Version
Whoever controls what he says is knowledgeable; anyone who has a calm spirit is a man of understanding.

NET Bible
The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that spares his words knows knowledge, and a patient man is wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever has knowledge controls his words, and a person who has understanding is even-tempered.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that husbandeth his spirit is a man of discernment.

New American Standard 1977
He who restrains his words has knowledge,
            And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

American King James Version
He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

American Standard Version
He that spareth his words hath knowledge; And he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that setteth bounds to his words. is knowing and wise: and the man of understanding is of a precious spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
He that hath knowledge spareth his words; and a man of understanding is of a cool spirit.

English Revised Version
He that spareth his words hath knowledge: and he that is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

World English Bible
He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
One acquainted with knowledge is sparing his words, And the cool of temper is a man of understanding.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:19. If we would keep a clear conscience and a quiet mind, we must shun all excitements to anger. And a man who affects a style of living above his means, goes the way to ruin. 20. There is nothing got by ill designs. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. 21. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. 22. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. 23. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 24. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. 25. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. 26. It is very wrong to find fault for doing what is duty. 27,28. A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
26It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.…
Cross References
James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

Proverbs 10:19
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 14:29
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
Treasury of Scripture

He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

spareth

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

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

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

an excellent spirit

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules …

Ecclesiastes 9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him …

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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