Proverbs 17:7
Good News Translation
Respected people do not tell lies, and fools have nothing worthwhile to say.

Contemporary English Version
It sounds strange for a fool to talk sensibly, but it's even worse for a ruler to tell lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.

New American Bible
Fine words ill fit a fool; how much more lying lips, a noble!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.

excellent speech

Proverbs 26:7 As a lame man hath fair legs in vain: so a parable is unseemly in the mouth of fools.

Psalm 50:16,17 But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth? . . .

much

Proverbs 16:10-13 Divination is in the lips of the king, his mouth shall not err in judgment. . . .

Proverbs 29:12 A prince that gladly heareth lying words, hath all his servants wicked.

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said to me, the strong one of Israel spoke, the ruler of men, the just ruler in the fear of God.

Job 34:12 For in very deed God will not condemn without cause, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

Psalm 101:3-5 I will not set before my eyes any unjust thing: I hated the workers of iniquities. . . .

lying lips

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be steadfast for ever: but he that is a hasty witness, frameth a lying tongue.

Context
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
6Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers. 7Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.8The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely.…
Cross References
Psalm 31:18
Let deceitful lips be made dumb. Which speak iniquity against the just, with pride and abuse.

Proverbs 6:17
A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief,

Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal faithfully, please him.

Proverbs 19:10
Delicacies are not seemly for a fool: nor for a servant to have rule over princes.

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he shall not open his mouth.

Proverbs 26:1
As snow in summer, and rain in harvest, so glory is not seemly for a fool.

Additional Translations
Eloquent words are unfit for a fool; how much worse are lying lips to a ruler!Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.

Faithful lips will not suit a fool; nor lying lips a just man.

Excellent speech becometh not a vile [man]; how much less do lying lips a noble!

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince.

Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.
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