Proverbs 16:24
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English Standard Version
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

King James Bible
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

American Standard Version
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

English Revised Version
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Webster's Bible Translation
Pleasant words are as a honey-comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

18 Pride goeth before destruction,

     And haughtiness cometh before a fall.

The contrast is לפני כבוד ענוה, Proverbs 15:33, according to which the "haughtiness comes before a fall" in Proverbs 18:22 is expanded into the antithetic distich. שׁבר means the fracture of the limbs, destruction of the person. A Latin proverb says, "Magna cadunt, inflata crepant, tumefacta premuntur."

(Note: An expression of similar meaning is אחרי דרגא תביר equals after Darga (to rise up) comes tebı̂r (breaking equals destruction); cf. Zunz, in Geiger's Zeitschrift, vi. 315ff.)

Here being dashed in pieces and overthrown correspond. שׁבר means neither bursting (Hitzig) nor shipwreck (Ewald). כשּׁלון (like בּטּחון, זכּרון, etc.), from כּשׁל or נכשׁל, to totter, and hence, as a consequence, to come to ruin, is a ἅπαχ λεγ. This proverb, which stands in the very centre of the Book of Proverbs, is followed by another in praise of humility.

Proverbs 16:24 Parallel Commentaries

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pleasant

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:23,26 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!...

Proverbs 23:16 Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when your lips speak right things.

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

Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain on the tender herb...

Songs 4:11 Your lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under your tongue...

John 20:19-21 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week...

an

Proverbs 24:13,14 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste...

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name...

health

Proverbs 3:8 It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones.

Proverbs 4:22 For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Cross References
Psalm 19:10
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

Proverbs 15:26
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure.

Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 24:13
My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.

Proverbs 24:14
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

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