Proverbs 15:23
New International Version
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!

New Living Translation
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

English Standard Version
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

Berean Study Bible
A man takes joy in a fitting reply—and how good 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!

New King James Version
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

New American Standard Bible
A person has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

NASB 1995
A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

NASB 1977
A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

Amplified Bible
A man has joy in giving an appropriate answer, And how good and delightful is a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

Christian Standard Bible
A person takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word—how good that is!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word--how good that is!

American Standard Version
A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The word of his mouth is joy to a man, and it is good for him that speaks in his time.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A bad man will by no means attend to counsel; neither will he say anything seasonable, or good for the common weal.

Contemporary English Version
Giving the right answer at the right time makes everyone happy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best.

English Revised Version
A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word in due season, how good is it!

Good News Translation
What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person is delighted to hear an answer from his own mouth, and a timely word-oh, how good!

International Standard Version
An appropriate answer brings joy to a person, and a well-timed word is a good thing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it!

Literal Standard Version
Joy [is] to a man in the answer of his mouth, "" And a word in its season—how good!

NET Bible
A person has joy in giving an appropriate answer, and a word at the right time--how good it is!

New Heart English Bible
Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time.

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!

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
22Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. 23A man takes joy in a fitting reply and how good is a timely word! 24The path of life leads upward for the wise, that he may avoid going down to Sheol.…

Cross References
Proverbs 12:14
By fruitful speech a man is filled with good things, and the work of his hands returns to him.

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 25:11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of discipleship, to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.


Treasury of Scripture

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

joy

Proverbs 12:14
A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

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

Proverbs 24:26
Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

in due season

Ecclesiastes 3:1
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

how

1 Samuel 25:32,33
And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: …









(23) A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth.--So much mischief is done by the tongue, and its slips are so many, that when a man makes a suitable reply, he may well rejoice and look upon it as the gift of God (Proverbs 16:1).

Verse 23 - A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth. The idea of the preceding verse concerning counsel is maintained. A counsellor gives wise and skilful advice, or makes a timely speech; and, knowing how much harm is done by rash or evil words, he naturally rejoices that he has been able to be useful, and has avoided the errors which the tongue is liable to incur. A word spoken in due season, sermo opportunus, is advice given at the right moment and in the most suitable manner, when the occasion and the interests at stake demand it (comp. Proverbs 25:11). The LXX. connects this verse with the preceding, and renders, "The evil man will not hearken to it (counsel), nor will he say aught in season or for the public good."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A man
לָ֭אִישׁ (lā·’îš)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

takes joy
שִׂמְחָ֣ה (śim·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

in a fitting reply,
בְּמַעֲנֵה־ (bə·ma·‘ă·nêh-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4617: An answer, response

and how
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

good is
טּֽוֹב׃ (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

a timely
בְּעִתּ֣וֹ (bə·‘it·tōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6256: Time, now, when

word!
וְדָבָ֖ר (wə·ḏā·ḇār)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause


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