Proverbs 17:7
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New International Version
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

New Living Translation
Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.

English Standard Version
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.

New American Standard Bible
Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.

King James Bible
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool's lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler.

International Standard Version
Appropriate speech is inconsistent with the fool; how much more are deceitful statements with a prince!

NET Bible
Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A trustworthy utterance is unbecoming to a fool; so is a false utterance to a righteous one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Refined speech is not fitting for a godless fool. How much less does lying fit a noble person!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Overbearing speech becometh not a churl; Much less do lying lips a prince.

New American Standard 1977
Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool;
            Much less are lying lips to a prince.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Excellent speech is not suitable for a fool: much less lying lips for a prince!

King James 2000 Bible
Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

American King James Version
Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

American Standard Version
Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.

Darby Bible Translation
Excellent speech becometh not a vile [man]; how much less do lying lips a noble!

English Revised Version
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Webster's Bible Translation
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

World English Bible
Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince.

Young's Literal Translation
Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:4. Flatterers, especially false teachers, are welcome to those that live in sin. 5. Those that laugh at poverty, treat God's providence and precepts with contempt. 6. It is an honour to children to have wise and godly parents continued to them, even after they are grown up and settled in the world. 7. A fool, in Solomon's Proverbs, signifies a wicked man, whom excellent speech does not become, because his conversation contradicts it.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
6Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers. 7Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince. 8A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.…
Cross References
Psalm 31:18
Let the lying lips be mute, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt.

Proverbs 6:17
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.

Proverbs 19:10
Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.

Proverbs 26:1
Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Treasury of Scripture

Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

excellent speech

Proverbs 26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Psalm 50:16,17 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, …

much

Proverbs 16:10-13 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresses …

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules …

Job 34:12 Yes, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert …

Psalm 101:3-5 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

lying lips

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue …

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