Proverbs 16:13
New International Version
Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.

New Living Translation
The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.

English Standard Version
Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.

Berean Study Bible
Righteous lips are a king’s delight, and he who speaks honestly is beloved.

New American Standard Bible
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.

King James Bible
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Christian Standard Bible
Righteous lips are a king's delight, and he loves one who speaks honestly.

Contemporary English Version
and like honesty and truth.

Good News Translation
A king wants to hear the truth and will favor those who speak it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Righteous lips are a king's delight, and he loves one who speaks honestly.

International Standard Version
Kings take pleasure in righteous speech; they treasure a person who speaks what is upright.

NET Bible
The delight of kings is righteous counsel, and they love the one who speaks uprightly.

New Heart English Bible
Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of the righteous are the pleasure of the King and he loves the word of the upright.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Kings are happy with honest words, and whoever speaks what is right is loved.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right.

New American Standard 1977
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaks that which is right.

King James 2000 Bible
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks what is right.

American King James Version
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right.

American Standard Version
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Just lips are the delight of kings: he that speaketh right things shall be loved.

Darby Bible Translation
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaketh aright.

English Revised Version
Righteous lips are the delight or kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Webster's Bible Translation
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

World English Bible
Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.

Young's Literal Translation
The delight of kings are righteous lips, And whoso is speaking uprightly he loveth,
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
12Wicked behavior is detestable to kings, for a throne is established through righteousness. 13Righteous lips are a king’s delight, and he who speaks honestly is beloved. 14The wrath of a king is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:12
Wicked behavior is detestable to kings, for a throne is established through righteousness.

Proverbs 16:14
The wrath of a king is a messenger of death, but a wise man will pacify it.

Proverbs 22:11
He who loves a pure heart and gracious lips will have the king for a friend.

Treasury of Scripture

Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right.

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Lexicon
Righteous
צֶ֑דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

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

are a king’s
מְ֭לָכִים (mə·lā·ḵîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

delight,
רְצ֣וֹן (rə·ṣō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7522: Goodwill, favor, acceptance, will

and he who speaks
וְדֹבֵ֖ר (wə·ḏō·ḇêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

honestly
יְשָׁרִ֣ים (yə·šā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3477: Straight, right

is beloved.
יֶאֱהָֽב׃ (ye·’ĕ·hāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f
Verse 13. - Righteous lips are the delight of kings. The ideal king takes pleasure in the truth and justice which his subjects display in their conversation. Such a one hates flattery and dissimulation, and encourages honest speaking. They (kings) love him that speaketh right; that which is just (Proverbs 8:6). The two clauses are coordinate. Septuagint, "He loveth upright words" (comp. Proverbs 22:11). 16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.
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