Proverbs 17:7
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English Standard Version
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.

King James Bible
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

American Standard Version
Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.

English Revised Version
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Webster's Bible Translation
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A comparative proverb with טוב, pairing with Proverbs 16:32 :

Better a dry piece of bread, and quietness therewith,

Than a house full of slain beasts with unquietness.

Similar to this in form and contents are Proverbs 15:16. and Proverbs 16:8. פּת חרבה is a piece of bread (פת, fem., as Proverbs 23:8) without savoury drink (Theodotion, καθ ̓ ἑαυτόν, i.e., nothing with it), cf. Leviticus 7:10, a meat-offering without the pouring out of oil. זבחים are not sacrificial gifts (Hitzig), but, as always, slain animals, i.e., either offerings or banquets of slain beasts; it is the old name of the שׁלמים (cf. Exodus 18:12; Exodus 24:5; Proverbs 7:14), part of which only were offered on the altar, and part presented as a banquet; and זבח (in contradist. to טבח, Leviticus 9:2; Leviticus 43:16) denotes generally any kind of consecrated festival in connection with the worship of God, 1 Samuel 20:29; cf. Genesis 31:54. "Festivals of hatred" are festivals with hatred. מלא is part. with object.-accus.; in general מלא forms a constructive, מלא occurs only once (Jeremiah 6:11), and מלאי not at all. We have already, Proverbs 7:14, remarked on the degenerating of the shelamı̂m feasts; from this proverb it is to be concluded that the merriment and the excitement bordering on intoxication (cf. with Hitzig, 1 Samuel 1:13 and 1 Samuel 1:3), such as frequently at the Kirmsen merry-makings, brought quarrels and strife, so that the poor who ate his dry bread in quiet peace could look on all this noise and tumult without envy.

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excellent speech

Proverbs 26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Psalm 50:16,17 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth...

much

Proverbs 16:10-13 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresses not in judgment...

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

Job 34:12 Yes, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

Psalm 101:3-5 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not stick to me...

lying lips

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Cross References
Psalm 31:18
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

Proverbs 6:17
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 19:10
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less for a slave to rule over princes.

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.

Proverbs 26:1
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

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