Proverbs 15:23
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English Standard Version
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

King James Bible
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

American Standard Version
A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it!

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best.

English Revised Version
A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word in due season, how good is it!

Webster's Bible Translation
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

Proverbs 15:23 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

17 Better a dish of cabbage, and love with it,

     Than a fatted ox together with hatred.

With בו is here interchanged שׁם, which, used both of things and of persons, means to be there along with something. Both have the Dag. forte conj., cf. to the contrary, Deuteronomy 30:20; Micah 1:11; Deuteronomy 11:22; the punctuation varies, if the first of the two words is a n. actionis ending in ה. The dish (portion) is called ארחה, which the lxx and other Greek versions render by ξενισμός, entertainment, and thus understand it of that which is set before a guest, perhaps rightly so, for the Arab. ârrakh (to date, to determine), to which it is compared by Gesenius and Dietrich, is equivalent to warrh, a denom. of the name of the moon. Love and hatred are, according to circumstances, the disposition of the host, or of the participant, the spirit of the family:

Cum dat oluscula mensa minuscula pace quiet,

Ne pete grandia lautaque prandia lite repleta.

Proverbs 15:23 Parallel Commentaries

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joy

Proverbs 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man's hands shall be rendered to him.

Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right.

Proverbs 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that gives a right answer.

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver...

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

in due season

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary...

how

1 Samuel 25:32,33 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent you this day to meet me...

Cross References
Proverbs 12:14
From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.

Proverbs 15:22
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

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

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

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