Proverbs 23:16
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New International Version
my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

New Living Translation
Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.

English Standard Version
My inmost being will exult when your lips speak what is right.

New American Standard Bible
And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right.

King James Bible
Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My innermost being will cheer when your lips say what is right.

International Standard Version
My innermost being will be glad when your lips speak what is right.

NET Bible
my soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And my kidneys will be glad whenever your lips speak uprightness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My heart rejoices when you speak what is right.

Jubilee Bible 2000
my kidneys shall also rejoice when thy lips speak right things.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, my inmost being shall rejoice, when your lips speak right things.

American King James Version
Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when your lips speak right things.

American Standard Version
Yea, my heart will rejoice, When thy lips speak right things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips shall speak what is right.

Darby Bible Translation
and my reins shall exult, when thy lips speak right things.

English Revised Version
Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

World English Bible
yes, my heart will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right.

Young's Literal Translation
And my reins exult when thy lips speak uprightly.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:12-16 Here is a parent instructing his child to give his mind to the Scriptures. Here is a parent correcting his child: accompanied with prayer, and blessed of God, it may prove a means of preventing his destruction. Here is a parent encouraging his child, telling him what would be for his good. And what a comfort it would be, if herein he answered his expectation! 17,18. The believer's expectation shall not be disappointed; the end of his trials, and of the sinner's prosperity, is at hand.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - My reins shall rejoice. The "reins" (kelayoth), kidneys, are regarded as the seat of feeling and sensation (Job 19:27). or of the inner nature generally (Psalm 16:7; Revelation 2:22). I shall rejoice in my very soul when thy lips speak right things; i.e. when thy heart is so replete with wisdom, thy mind so well instructed as to utter naught but what is true and sensible (Proverbs 8:6). The composition of these two verses is noteworthy, 15a being parallel to 16b, and. 15b to 16a. Septuagint, "And thy lips shall linger in words (ἐνδιατρίψει λόγοις) with my lips, if they be right," which seems to mean, "If thy lips utter what is right, they will gather wisdom from my words and impart it to others."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yea, my reins shall rejoice,.... Which is only another phrase expressive of the same thing, and confirming the greatness of joy on the above occasion; not only his heart rejoiced, which was affectionately concerned for his son, near which he lay, the desires of which were frequently drawn out for his good, but his reins also; the seat of the afflictions rejoiced at it; showing how vehement, sincere, and hearty the joy was;

when thy lips speak right things; as they will, when the heart is wise; things agreeably to right reason, to the Scriptures of truth, the oracles of God; to the law and to the testimony; to the Gospel of Christ, and the doctrines of it; and such things as are savoury, pleasant, and profitable, and minister grace to the hearers. The Targum is,

"when my lips speak right things;''

see Proverbs 8:6.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. my reins—(Compare Ps 7:9).

Proverbs 23:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
15My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad; 16And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right. 17Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:6
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.

Proverbs 23:17
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when your lips speak right things.

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

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not …

Colossians 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

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

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