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!
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
CommentaryKeil 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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
in due season
From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
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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