New International Version
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
King James Bible
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is reckoned wise, [and] he that shutteth his lips, intelligent.
World English Bible
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.
Young's Literal Translation
Even a fool keeping silence is reckoned wise, He who is shutting his lips intelligent!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Even a fool - He is counted wise as to that particular. He may know that he cannot speak well, and he has sense enough to keep from speaking. He is, as to that particular, a wise fool.
A man may be golden-mouthed and silver-tongued in eloquence; but to know when and where to speak and to be silent, is better than diamonds. But who that thinks he can speak well can refrain from speaking? His tongue has no rest.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.
An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
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