Proverbs 8:6
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New International Version
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.

New Living Translation
Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right,

English Standard Version
Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right,

New American Standard Bible
"Listen, for I will speak noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.

King James Bible
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, for I speak of noble things, and what my lips say is right.

International Standard Version
Listen, because I have noble things to say, and what I have to say will reveal what is right.

NET Bible
Listen, for I will speak excellent things, and my lips will utter what is right.

New Heart English Bible
Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Hear me, because it is truth that I speak, and my mouth opens with uprightness.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen! I am speaking about noble things, and my lips will say what is right.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear, for I will speak excellent things, And the opening of my lips shall be right things.

New American Standard 1977
“Listen, for I shall speak noble things;
            And the opening of my lips will produce right things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear, for I will speak of excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and from the opening of my lips shall come right things.

American King James Version
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

American Standard Version
Hear, for I will speak excellent things; And the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, for I will speak of great things: and my lips shall be opened to preach right things.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear, for I will speak excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

English Revised Version
Hear, for I will speak excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

World English Bible
Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things.

Young's Literal Translation
Hearken, for noble things I speak, And the opening of my lips is uprightness.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
5"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom. 6"Listen, for I will speak noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things. 7"For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.…
Cross References
Proverbs 22:20
Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

Proverbs 23:16
And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

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Proverbs 2:6,7 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding…

Proverbs 4:2,20,22 For I give you good doctrine, forsake you not my law…

Proverbs 22:20,21 Have not I written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge…

Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall …

1 Corinthians 2:6,7 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, …

the opening

Job 33:1-3 Why, Job, I pray you, hear my speeches, and listen to all my words…

Matthew 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Matthew 7:28,29 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people …

Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, …

(6) The opening of my lips shall be right things.--That is, I will open my mouth to speak them.

Verse 6. - I will speak of excellent things; de rebus magnis, Vulgate; σεμνὰ γὰρ ἐρῶ, Septuagint. The Hebrew nagid is elsewhere used of persons; e.g. a prince, leader (1 Samuel 9:16; 1 Chronicles 26:24); so it may here be best translated "princely," "noble" - an epithet which the subject matter of Wisdom's discourse fully confirms (comp. Proverbs 22:20, though the word there is different). Hitzig and others, following the Syriac, prefer the meaning, "plain, evident truths" (comp. ver. 9); but the former interpretation is most suitable. The opening of my lips shall be right things. That which I announce when I open my mouth is just and right (Proverbs 23:16). Septuagint. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things,.... Such are the things of the Gospel; they not only excel what the light of nature dictates and directs to, but even what the law of Moses commands and requires; the doctrines of the Gospel are excellent in their author, nature, and use; particularly those which respect the love, grace, and mercy of God, the person and offices of Christ, the efficacy of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, and the great salvation which he has wrought out. These are the doctrines of grace which proceed out of Wisdom's mouth, and are such as never man spake the like; they are to be approved of, being what differ from others, and to be preferred unto them, Philippians 1:9; or "princely things" (u), as the word may be rendered; which became him who is the Prince of the kings of the earth, and the Prince of peace to speak; and are worthy to be received by princes, though little known and valued by the princes of this world; and are embraced and, esteemed by those who are the princes of the Lord s people: or they are "principal" ones, or "leading" truths (w); of the greatest importance, interesting ones; "praiseworthy", as Aben Ezra, or "honourable", as Gersom, and to be had in the highest esteem and veneration;

and the opening of my lips shall be right things: agreeable to right reason, though above it; consonant to the righteous law of God, and even to the perfection of God's righteousness, which is greatly glorified by the obedience, sufferings, and death of Christ, and redemption through him; and these are the excellent and principal doctrines of the Gospel, even justification by Christ's righteousness, atonement by his sacrifice, and redemption through his blood; all which are consistent with and greatly display the justice of God: nor are any of the doctrines of the Gospel licentious ones, but on the contrary teach men to live soberly and righteously; as well as they are plain and easy to such who are conversant with them, as is often expressed, and may be the sense of the word here used also.

(u) "principalia, i.e. digna principibus", Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "ducalia", Gussetius, p. 485. (w) "Praecipua quaedam", Tigurine versions. 6. excellent things—or, "plain," "manifest."

opening … things—upright words.8:1-11 The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.
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