New American Standard Bible
My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
King James Bible
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding:
World English Bible
My mouth will speak words of wisdom. My heart shall utter understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
My mouth speaketh wise things, And the meditations of my heart are things of understanding.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
My mouth shall speak of wisdom - That is, I will utter sentiments that are wise, or that are of importance to all; sentiments that will enable all to take a just view of the subject on which I speak. This indicates "confidence" in what he was about to utter, as being eminently deserving of attention.
And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding - What I reflect on, and what I give utterance to, in the matter under consideration. The idea is, that he had meditated on the subject, as to what was real wisdom in the matter, and that he would now give utterance to the result of his meditations. It was not wisdom in general, or intelligence or understanding as such on which he designed to express the results of his thoughts, but it was only in respect to the proper value to be attached to wealth, and as to the fact of its causing fear Psalm 49:5 in those who were not possessed of it, and who might be subjected to the oppressive acts of those who were rich.
LibraryThe Lapse of Time.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."--Eccles. ix. 10. Solomon's advice that we should do whatever our hand findeth to do with our might, naturally directs our thoughts to that great work in which all others are included, which will outlive all other works, and for which alone we really are placed here below--the salvation of our souls. And the consideration of this great work, …
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII
Sense in Which, and End for which all Things were Delivered to the Incarnate Son.
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Question Lxxxi of the virtue of Religion
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.
The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
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