New American Standard Bible
A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!
King James Bible
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Darby Bible Translation
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word in its season, how good is it!
World English Bible
Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time!
Young's Literal Translation
Joy is to a man in the answer of his mouth, And a word in its season -- how good!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Probably, a special reference to debates in council Proverbs 15:22. They bring before us the special characteristic of the East, the delight in ready, improvised answers, solving difficulties, turning aside anger. Compare the effect on the scribe Mark 12:28.
LibraryGod, the All-Seeing One
We have in our text, first of all, a great fact declared,--"Hell and destruction are before the Lord ;" we have, secondly, a great fact inferred,--"How much more then the hearts of the children of men?" I. We will begin with THE GREAT FACT WHICH IS DECLARED--a fact which furnishes us with premises from which we deduce the practical conclusion of the second sentence--"How much more then the hearts of the children of men?" The best interpretation that you can give of those two words, "hell" and "destruction," …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858
Epistle cxxii. To Rechared, King of the visigoths .
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.
Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
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