Proverbs 16:23
Good News Translation
Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive.

Contemporary English Version
You can persuade others if you are wise and speak sensibly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.

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The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.

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Proverbs 15:28 The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked overfloweth with evils.

Proverbs 22:17,18 Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine: . . .

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment. . . .

Psalm 45:1 Unto the end, for them that shall be changed, for the sons of Core, for understanding. A canticle for the Beloved. [2] My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the king: My tongue is the pen of a scrivener that writeth swiftly.

Matthew 12:34,35 O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. . . .

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly: in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.

Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
22Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness. 23The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.24Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:34
O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment.

Proverbs 15:28
The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked overfloweth with evils.

Proverbs 16:21
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things.

Proverbs 16:22
Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.

Additional Translations
The heart of the wise man instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips.The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips.

The heart of the wise will discern the things which proceed from his own mouth; and on his lips he will wear knowledge.

The heart of the wise maketh his mouth intelligent, and upon his lips increaseth learning.

The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

The heart of the wise causeth his mouth to act wisely, And by his lips he increaseth learning,
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