New International Version
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
New Living Translation
Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
English Standard Version
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
New American Standard Bible
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
King James Bible
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning when he seals his lips.
International Standard Version
Even a fool is thought to be wise when he remains silent; he is thought to be prudent when he keeps his mouth shut.
Even a fool who remains silent is considered wise, and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning.
New Heart English Bible
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A madman who is silent is considered a wise person, and he that keeps his lips silent is considered intelligent.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even a stubborn fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent. He is considered intelligent if he keeps his lips sealed.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; And he that shutteth his lips is esteemed as a man of understanding.
New American Standard 1977
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is counted prudent.
CommentaryMatthew 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 BibleBetter a Dry Morsel with Quietness
…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.
"O that you would be completely silent, And that it would become your wisdom!
He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
Treasury of Scripture
Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
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