Proverbs 22:11
New International Version
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

New Living Translation
Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.

English Standard Version
He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

Berean Study Bible
He who loves a pure heart and gracious lips will have the king for a friend.

New American Standard Bible
He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

New King James Version
He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.

King James Bible
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips--the king is his friend.

Contemporary English Version
The king is the friend of all who are sincere and speak with kindness.

Good News Translation
If you love purity of heart and graciousness of speech, the king will be your friend.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips--the king is his friend.

International Standard Version
Whoever loves purity and gracious speech will gain the king as his friend.

NET Bible
The one who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious--the king will be his friend.

New Heart English Bible
He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully is the king's friend.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God loves him that is pure in heart and he shows love upon the lips of the king's friends.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever loves a pure heart and whoever speaks graciously has a king as his friend.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that loveth pureness of heart, That hath grace in his lips, the king shall be his friend.

New American Standard 1977
He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

King James 2000 Bible
He that loves pureness of heart and has grace on his lips, the king shall be his friend.

American King James Version
He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

American Standard Version
He that loveth pureness of heart, For the grace of his lips the king will be his friend.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Lord loves holy hearts, and all blameless persons are acceptable with him: a king rules with his lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that loveth cleanness of heart, for the grace of his lips shall have the king for his friend.

Darby Bible Translation
He that loveth pureness of heart, upon whose lips is grace, the king is his friend.

English Revised Version
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

World English Bible
He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully is the king's friend.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is loving cleanness of heart, Grace are his lips, a king is his friend.
Study Bible
A Good Name
10Drive out the mocker, and conflict will depart; even quarreling and insults will cease. 11He who loves a pure heart and gracious lips will have the king for a friend. 12The LORD’s eyes keep watch over knowledge, but He frustrates the words of the faithless.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Psalm 24:4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to falsehood, who does not swear deceitfully.

Proverbs 14:35
A king delights in a wise servant, but his anger falls on the shameful.

Proverbs 16:13
Righteous lips are a king's delight, and he who speaks honestly is beloved.

Proverbs 22:12
The LORD's eyes keep watch over knowledge, but He frustrates the words of the faithless.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Treasury of Scripture

He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

that

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

Psalm 101:6
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

for the grace of his lips

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

Luke 4:22
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

the king

Genesis 41:39
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

Ezra 7:6
This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

Nehemiah 2:4-6
Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven…







Lexicon
He who loves
אֹהֵ֥ב (’ō·hêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

a pure heart
טְהָר־ (ṭə·hār-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2889: Clean, pure

and gracious
חֵ֥ן (ḥên)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

lips
שְׂ֝פָתָ֗יו (p̄ā·ṯāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

[will have] the king
מֶֽלֶךְ׃ (me·leḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

for a friend.
רֵעֵ֥הוּ (rê·‘ê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow
(11) For the grace of his lips.--Rather, who has grace of lips; one who loves the truth and can speak it pleasantly.

Verse 11. - He that loveth pureness of heart; he who strives to be pure m heart (Matthew 5:8), free from guile, lust, cupidity, vice of every kind. The next clause carries on the description of the perfect character, and is best translated. And hath grace of lips, the king is his friend. He who is not only virtuous and upright, but has the gift of graciousness of speech, winning manner in conversation, such a man wilt attach the king to him by the closest bonds of friendship. We have had something very similar at ch. 16:13. Some of the versions consider that by the king God is meant. Thus the Septuagint, "The Lord loveth holy hearts, and all blameless persons are acceptable with him." The rest of the clause is connected by the LXX. with the following verse, "A king guides his flock (ποιμαίνει) with his lips; but the eyes of the Lord," etc. 22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.
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