Psalm 49:3
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New International Version
My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.

New Living Translation
For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.

English Standard Version
My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

New American Standard Bible
My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.

King James Bible
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My mouth speaks wisdom; my heart's meditation brings understanding.

International Standard Version
My mouth will speak wisely, and I will understand what I think about.

NET Bible
I will declare a wise saying; I will share my profound thoughts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My mouth will speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart is intelligence.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My mouth will speak wise sayings, the insights I have carefully considered.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My mouth shall speak wisdom; and the meditation of my heart intelligence.

King James 2000 Bible
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

American King James Version
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

American Standard Version
My mouth shall speak wisdom; And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My mouth shall speak wisdom: and the meditation of my heart understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding:

English Revised Version
My mouth shall speak wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

World English Bible
My mouth will speak words of wisdom. My heart shall utter understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
My mouth speaketh wise things, And the meditations of my heart are things of understanding.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

49:1-5 We seldom meet with a more solemn introduction: there is no truth of greater importance. Let all hear this with application to ourselves. The poor are in danger from undue desire toward the wealth of the world, as rich people from undue delight in it. The psalmist begins with applying it to himself, and that is the right method in which to treat of Divine things. Before he sets down the folly of carnal security, he lays down, from his own experience, the benefit and comfort of a holy, gracious security, which they enjoy who trust in God, and not in their worldly wealth. In the day of judgment, the iniquity of our heels, or of our steps, our past sins, will compass us. In those days, worldly, wicked people will be afraid; but wherefore should a man fear death who has God with him?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - My mouth shall speak of wisdom (comp. Job 33:3, 4). It is not his own "wisdom" that the psalmist is about to utter, but a wisdom communicated to him from without, to which he has "to incline his ear" (ver. 4). And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding; or, of discernment (Kay).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My mouth shall speak of wisdom,.... Or "wisdoms" (m); of Christ, who is so called, Proverbs 1:20. He being as a divine Person the wisdom of God, and the only wise God; and having all the treasures of wisdom in him, as man and Mediator: of him the prophet spake, and of him the apostles and all Gospel ministers speak; of the glories of his Person, of the fulness of his grace, and of his wonderful works; especially of that of redemption and salvation by him, in which there is an abounding of wisdom and prudence. Or the Gospel may be meant, and all the truths of it, in which there is a glorious display of divine wisdom; it is the wisdom of God in a mystery; hidden and ancient wisdom; and which, when truly understood, makes a man wise unto salvation; see 1 Corinthians 2:6;

and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding; or "understandings" (n); and this is in order to the former; what the heart meditates the mouth speaks. If the heart meditates on understanding, the mouth will speak of wisdom; and a man should think before he speaks, especially the ministers of the Gospel: they ought to meditate on the word of God, the Gospel, and the truths of it, that their profiling may appear to all; that they may understand divine things themselves, and deliver them out to the understanding of others: their concern should be, that through meditation they may have a good treasure of wisdom and knowledge in their hearts, that out of it they may bring forth things pleasant and profitable unto others.

(m) "sapientias", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (n) "intelligentias", Pagninus, Montanus.



Psalm 49:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
God will Redeem my Life from the Grave
2Both low and high, Rich and poor together. 3My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding. 4I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:30
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.

Psalm 119:130
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
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My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

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2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

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Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

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