Proverbs 15:28
New International Version
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

New Living Translation
The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

English Standard Version
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Berean Study Bible
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil.

New American Standard Bible
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

King James Bible
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Christian Standard Bible
The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.

Contemporary English Version
Good people think before they answer, but the wicked speak evil without ever thinking.

Good News Translation
Good people think before they answer. Evil people have a quick reply, but it causes trouble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.

International Standard Version
The mind of the righteous thinks before speaking, but the wicked person spews out evil.

NET Bible
The heart of the righteous considers how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

New Heart English Bible
The heart of the righteous weighs answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The heart of the righteous meditates upon the faith, and the mouth of the evils speaks evil things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The heart of a righteous person carefully considers how to answer, but the mouths of wicked people pour out a flood of evil things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

New American Standard 1977
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of the righteous studies to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

King James 2000 Bible
The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

American King James Version
The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

American Standard Version
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The hearts of the righteous meditate faithfulness; but the mouth of the ungodly answers evil things. The ways of righteous men are acceptable with the Lord; and through them even enemies become friends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked over floweth with evils.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of a righteous [man] studieth to answer; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

English Revised Version
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

World English Bible
The heart of the righteous weighs answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the righteous meditateth to answer, And the mouth of the wicked uttereth evil things.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
27He who is greedy for unjust gain brings trouble on his household, but he who hates bribes will live. 28The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil. 29The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.…
Cross References
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope you possess. But respond with gentleness and respect,

Psalm 59:7
See what they spew from their mouths--sharp words from their lips: "For who can hear us?"

Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool spouts folly.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise man instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Treasury of Scripture

The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

heart

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

1 Kings 3:23-28
Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living…

the mouth

Proverbs 10:19
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Proverbs 13:16
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

Proverbs 29:11,20
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards…







Lexicon
The heart
לֵ֣ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

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

ponders
יֶהְגֶּ֣ה (yeh·geh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1897: To moan, growl, utter, speak, muse

how to answer,
לַעֲנ֑וֹת (la·‘ă·nō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

but the mouth
וּפִ֥י (ū·p̄î)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

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

blurts out
יַבִּ֥יעַ (yab·bî·a‘)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5042: To gush forth, to utter, to emit

evil.
רָעֽוֹת׃ (rā·‘ō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil
(28) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer--i.e., aright, knowing how much good and evil is caused by words. (Comp. James 3:5, sqq.)

Verse 28. - The heart of the righteous studieth to answer. The good man deliberates before he speaks, takes time to consider his answer, lest he should say anything false, or inexpedient, or injurious to his neighbour. A Latin adage runs -

"Qui bene vult fari debet bene praemeditari." Says Theognis -

Βουλεύου δὶς καὶ τρίς ὅτοί κ ἐπὶ τὸν νόον
Ἀτηρὸς γὰρ ἀεὶ λάβρος ἀνὴρ τελέθει

"Whate'er comes in your mind, deliberate;
A hasty man but rushes on his fate."
Septuagint, "The heart of the prudent will meditate πίστεις," which may mean "truth," "fidelity," or "proofs." The Vulgate has "obedience," implying attention to the inward warnings of conscience and grace, before the mouth speaks. Poureth out (ver. 2). The wicked man never considers; evil is always on his lips and running over from his mouth. Septuagint, "The mouth of the ungodly answereth evil things." The LXX. here inserts ch. 16:7. 15:25. Pride is the ruin of multitudes. But those who are in affliction God will support. 26. The thoughts of wicked men offend Him who knows the heart. 27. The covetous man lets none of his family have rest or enjoyment. And greediness of gain often tempts to projects that bring ruin. 28. A good man is proved to be a wise man by this; he governs his tongue well.
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