Proverbs 16:23
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English Standard Version
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

King James Bible
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

American Standard Version
The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.

English Revised Version
The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Proverbs 16:23 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

17 The path of the righteous is the avoiding of evil,

     And he preserveth his soul who giveth heed to his way.

The meaning of מסלּה, occurring only here in the Proverbs, is to be learned from Proverbs 15:19. The attribution denotes that wherein the way they take consists, or by which it is formed; it is one, a straight and an open way, i.e., unimpeded, leading them on, because they avoid the evil which entices them aside to the right and the left. Whoever then gives heed to his way, preserveth his soul (שׁמר נפשׁו, as Proverbs 13:3, on the contrary Proverbs 25:5, subj.), that it suffer not injury and fall under death, for סוּר מרע and סור ממוקשׁי מות, Proverbs 14:27, are essentially the same. Instead of this distich, the lxx has three distichs; the thoughts presented in the four superfluous lines are all already expressed in one distich. Ewald and Hitzig find in this addition of the lxx a component part of the original text.

Proverbs 16:23 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 22:17,18 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge...

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment...

Psalm 45:1 My heart is gushing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Matthew 12:34,35 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks...

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...

Cross References
Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

Proverbs 15:28
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 16:21
The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Proverbs 16:22
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

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