Proverbs 15:7
New International Version
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.

New Living Translation
The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.

English Standard Version
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

Berean Study Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the hearts of fools.

King James Bible
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

New King James Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so.

New American Standard Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so.

NASB 1995
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so.

NASB 1977
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so.

Amplified Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge [sifting it as chaff from the grain]; But the hearts of [shortsighted] fools are not so.

Christian Standard Bible
The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.

American Standard Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of the wise speak knowledge and the hearts of fools are unrighteous.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The lips of the wise are bound by discretion: but the hearts of the foolish are not safe.

Contemporary English Version
Words of wisdom make good sense; the thoughts of a fool make no sense at all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: the heart of fools shall be unlike.

English Revised Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Good News Translation
Knowledge is spread by people who are wise, not by fools.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lips of wise people spread knowledge, but a foolish attitude does not.

International Standard Version
What the wise have to say disseminates knowledge, but it's not in the heart of fools to do so.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish is not stedfast.

Literal Standard Version
The lips of the wise scatter knowledge, And the heart of fools [is] not right.

NET Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.

New Heart English Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.

World English Bible
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
The lips of the wise scatter knowledge, And the heart of fools is not right.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
6The house of the righteous has great treasure, but the income of the wicked is trouble. 7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the hearts of fools. 8The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.…

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

Proverbs 15:6
The house of the righteous has great treasure, but the income of the wicked is trouble.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.


Treasury of Scripture

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so.

lips

Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

Psalm 45:2
Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Psalm 51:13-15
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee…

the heart

Proverbs 10:20,21
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth…

Matthew 12:34
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

James 3:6
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.









(7) But the heart of the foolish doeth not so.--Or, disperseth that which is not right.

Verse 7. - The lips of the wise disperse knowledge (ver. 2; Proverbs 10:31). The LXX. takes the verb יִרָוּ in its other signification of "binding" or "embracing," and translates, "The lips of the wise are bound (δέδεται) with knowledge;" i.e. knowledge is always on them and controls their movements. The wise know when to speak, when to be silent, and what to say. But the heart of the foolish doeth not so; i.e. doth not disperse knowledge. Vulgate, cor stultorum dissimile erit, "will be unlike," which probably means the same as the Authorized Version. (Compare a similar use of the words lo-ken in Genesis 48:18; Exodus 10:11.) But the contrast is stated rather weakly by this rendering, lips and heart having the same office to perform; hence it is better, with Delitzsch, Ewald, and others, to take כֵן (ken) as an adjective in the sense of "right" or "trustworthy," and either to supply the former verb, "disperseth that which is not right," or to render, "The heart of the foot is not directed right;" the fool goes astray, and leads himself and others into error. Septuagint, "The hearts of fools are not safe (ἀσφαλεῖς)."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The lips
שִׂפְתֵ֣י (śip̄·ṯê)
Noun - fdc
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

of the wise
חֲ֭כָמִים (ḥă·ḵā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2450: Wise

spread
יְזָ֣רוּ (yə·zā·rū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2219: To toss about, to diffuse, winnow

knowledge,
דָ֑עַת (ḏā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

but not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

so
כֵֽן׃ (ḵên)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

the hearts
וְלֵ֖ב (wə·lêḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

of fools.
כְּסִילִ֣ים (kə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool


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