Proverbs 22:18
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New International Version
for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.

New Living Translation
For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips.

English Standard Version
for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.

New American Standard Bible
For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips.

King James Bible
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it is pleasing if you keep them within you and if they are constantly on your lips.

International Standard Version
for it is pleasant when you treasure them within you and have them ready on your lips.

NET Bible
For it is pleasing if you keep these sayings within you, and they are ready on your lips.

New Heart English Bible
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they are sweet, keep them in your gut, and they will form together upon your lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is pleasant if you keep them in mind [so that] they will be on the tip of your tongue,

JPS Tanakh 1917
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; Let them be established altogether upon thy lips.

New American Standard 1977
For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
            That they may be ready on your lips.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it is a delightful thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall be ordered together in thy lips.

King James 2000 Bible
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall all be fitted on your lips.

American King James Version
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall with be fitted in your lips.

American Standard Version
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, If they be established together upon thy lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which shall be beautiful for thee, if thou keep it in thy bowels, and it shall flow in thy lips:

Darby Bible Translation
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee: they shall be together fitted on thy lips.

English Revised Version
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, if they be established together upon thy lips.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keepest them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

World English Bible
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.

Young's Literal Translation
For they are pleasant when thou dost keep them in thy heart, They are prepared together for thy lips.
Study Bible
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
17Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge; 18For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips. 19So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:10
For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

Proverbs 22:19
So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.
Treasury of Scripture

For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall with be fitted in your lips.

it is

Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul;

Proverbs 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Proverbs 24:13,14 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which …

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: …

Psalm 119:103,111,162 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!…

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

within thee

Job 32:18,19 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains me…

John 7:38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly …

fitted

Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my …

Proverbs 10:13,21 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a …

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

Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the …

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Psalm 119:13,171 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth…

Malachi 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek …

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, …

(18) They shall withal be fitted in thy lips.--Rather, if they be established (dwell constantly) upon thy lips. They are to be as a watch, and "keep the door of his lips" against sin (Psalm 141:3), to teach him what to say in difficulty (Mark 13:11), how to speak without fear even before kings (Psalm 119:46); by them the "praises of God" will ever be in his mouth (Psalm 149:6).

Verse 18. - This verse gives the reason for the previous exhortation. It is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; in thy mind and memory (comp. Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 20:27). Thus Psalm 147:1, "It is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely." They shall withal be fitted in thy lips. This rendering hardly suits the hortatory nature of the introduction. It is better to take the clause in the optative, as Delitzsch, Ewald, Nowack, and ethers: "Let them abide altogether upon thy lips;" i.e. be not ashamed to profess them openly, let them regulate thy words, teach thee wisdom and discretion. Septuagint, "And if thou admit them to thy heart, they shall likewise gladden thee on thy lips." For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee,.... Or, "in thy belly" (a). That is, in thine heart, in the inmost recesses of it; where the words or doctrines of the wise should be received in the love of them, and carefully laid up and retained; which will upon reflection yield much pleasure, like Ezekiel's roll, which was in his belly as honey for sweetness; and which also is very profitable as an antidote against sin, Psalm 119:11;

they shall withal be fitted in thy lips; become them, and be suitable and graceful to them: or, "shall be ordered and disposed in" or "by thy lips" (b); being received into the heart, and digested there, they shall easily and freely go off the tongue, which shall be as the pen of a ready writer; they shall be delivered in a regular manner, with great liberty and facility; by a good digestion of Gospel truths, and a comfortable experience of them, persons become apt to teach others.

(a) "in ventre tuo", V. L. Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis, Schultens. (b) "disponantur", Vatablus. 18. These lessons must be laid up in the mind, and

fitted—or better, "fixed" in the lips so as to be ever ready.22:17-21. To these words, to this knowledge, the ear must be bowed down, and the heart applied by faith and love. To live a life of delight in God and dependence on him, is the foundation of all practical religion. The way to know the certainty of the word of truth, is to make conscience of our duty. 22,23. He that robs and oppresses the poor, does so at his peril. And if men will not appear for them, God will. 24,25. Our corrupt hearts have so much tinder in them, that it is dangerous to have to do with those that throw about the sparks of their passion.
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