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.

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

New King James Version
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right.

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

NASB 1995
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Righteous lips are acceptable to a king; and he loves right words.

Contemporary English Version
and like honesty and truth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings, "" And he loves whoever is speaking uprightly,

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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.

Proverbs 14:35
The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

Proverbs 22:11
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Psalm 101:5-7
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer…









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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

is beloved.
יֶאֱהָֽב׃ (ye·’ĕ·hāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f


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