Proverbs 17:7
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New International Version
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

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

Darby Bible Translation
Excellent speech becometh not a vile [man]; how much less do lying lips a noble!

World English Bible
Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince.

Young's Literal Translation
Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.

Proverbs 17:7 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Excellent speech becometh not a fool - This proverb is suitable to those who affect, in public speaking, fine language, which neither comports with their ordinary conversation, nor with their education. Often fine words are injudiciously brought in, and are as unbecoming and irrelevant as a cart wheel among clockwork.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

Library
April 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

Its Meaning
Deliverance from the condemning sentence of the Divine Law is the fundamental blessing in Divine salvation: so long as we continue under the curse, we can neither be holy nor happy. But as to the precise nature of that deliverance, as to exactly what it consists of, as to the ground on which it is obtained, and as to the means whereby it is secured, much confusion now obtains. Most of the errors which have been prevalent on this subject arose from the lack of a clear view of the thing itself, and
Arthur W. Pink—The Doctrine of Justification

An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
The object of this chapter is to present a rudimentary outline and summary of all that Augustin penned or spoke against those traditional North African Christians whom he was pleased to regard as schismatics. It will be arranged, so far as may be, in chronological order, following the dates suggested by the Benedictine edition. The necessary brevity precludes anything but a very meagre treatment of so considerable a theme. The writer takes no responsibility for the ecclesiological tenets of the
St. Augustine—writings in connection with the donatist controversy.

An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
[ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR] This treatise was first published in 1688, after Bunyan's death, at the end of the second edition of the Barren Fig Tree, with a black border round the title. It was continued in the third edition 1692, but was subsequently omitted, although the Barren Fig Tree was printed for the same publisher. It has been printed in every edition of Bunyan's Works. Respect for the judgment of others leads me to allow it a place in the first complete edition, although I have serious
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Psalm 31:18
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

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

Proverbs 12:22
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 19:10
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

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

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