Proverbs 10:20
New International Version
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

New Living Translation
The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.

English Standard Version
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Berean Study Bible
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth.

New American Standard Bible
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

King James Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Christian Standard Bible
The tongue of the righteous is pure silver; the heart of the wicked is of little value.

Contemporary English Version
The words of a good person are like pure silver, but the thoughts of an evil person are almost worthless.

Good News Translation
A good person's words are like pure silver; a wicked person's ideas are worthless.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tongue of the righteous is pure silver; the heart of the wicked is of little value.

International Standard Version
What the righteous person says is like precious silver; the thoughts of the wicked are compared to small things.

NET Bible
What the righteous say is like the best silver, but what the wicked think is of little value.

New Heart English Bible
The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver and the heart of the evil is bitterness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tongue of a righteous person is pure silver. The hearts of wicked people are worthless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver; The heart of the wicked is little worth.

New American Standard 1977
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The tongue of the just is as choice silver, but the understanding {Heb. heart} of the wicked is worth little.

King James 2000 Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

American King James Version
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

American Standard Version
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The tongue of the just is tried silver; but the heart of the ungodly shall fail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing worth.

Darby Bible Translation
The tongue of the righteous [man] is [as] choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth.

English Revised Version
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

World English Bible
The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Young's Literal Translation
The tongue of the righteous is chosen silver, The heart of the wicked -- as a little thing.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
19When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise. 20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth. 21The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of judgment.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than gold, pure gold, and my harvest surpasses choice silver.

Treasury of Scripture

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

tongue

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:4
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 16:13
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

the heart

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Genesis 6:5
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 8:21
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.







Lexicon
The tongue
לְשׁ֣וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

of the righteous
צַדִּ֑יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

[is] choice
נִ֭בְחָר (niḇ·ḥār)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

silver,
כֶּ֣סֶף (ke·sep̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3701: Silver, money

[but] the heart
לֵ֖ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

of the wicked
רְשָׁעִ֣ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

[has] little worth.
כִּמְעָֽט׃ (kim·‘āṭ)
Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few
Verse 20. - Choice (Proverbs 8:10, 19); tested, purified by fire; πεπυρωμένος, Septuagint. Is little worth; mere dross, in contradistinction to choice silver. So the tongue is contrasted with the heart, out of whose abundance it speaketh (Ecclus. 21:26, "The heart of fools is in their mouth; but the mouth of the wise is in their heart"). Septuagint, "The heart of the godless shall fail (ἐκλείψει)." 10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.
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