Proverbs 15:7
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English Standard Version
The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.

King James Bible
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

American Standard Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: the heart of fools shall be unlike.

English Revised Version
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lips of the wise diffuse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 A soft answer turneth away wrath,

   And a bitter word stirreth up anger.

In the second line, the common word for anger (אף, from the breathing with the nostrils, Proverbs 14:17) is purposely placed, but in the first, that which denotes anger in the highest degree (חמה from יחם, cogn. חמם, Arab. hamiya, to glow, like שׁנה from ישׁן): a mild, gentle word turns away the heat of anger (excandescentiam), puts it back, cf. Proverbs 25:15. The Dagesh in רּך follows the rule of the דחיק, i.e., of the close connection of a word terminating with the accented eh, aah, ah with the following word (Michlol 63b). The same is the meaning of the Latin proverb:

Frangitur ira gravis

Quando est responsio suavis.

The דבר־עצב produces the contrary effect. This expression does not mean an angry word (Ewald), for עצב is not to be compared with the Arab. ghaḍab, anger (Umbreit), but with Arab. 'aḍb, cutting, wounding, paining (Hitzig), so that דבר מעציב is meant in the sense of Psalm 78:40 : a word which causes pain (lxx λυπηρός, Theod. πονικός), not after the meaning, a word provoking to anger (Gesenius), but certainly after its effect, for a wounding word "makes anger arise." As one says of anger שׁב, "it turns itself" (e.g., Isaiah 9:11), so, on the other hand, עלה, "it rises up," Ecclesiastes 10:4. The lxx has a third line, ὀργὴ ἀπόλλυσι καὶ φρονίμους, which the Syr. forms into a distich by the repetition of Proverbs 14:32, the untenableness of which is at once seen.

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Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you for ever.

Psalm 51:13-15 Then will I teach transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted to you...

Psalm 71:15-18 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof...

Psalm 78:2-6 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old...

Psalm 119:13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth.

Ecclesiastes 12:9,10 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out...

Songs 4:11 Your lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under your tongue...

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach you on the housetops.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth...

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Acts 18:9,10 Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not your peace...

Romans 10:14-17 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard...

Romans 15:18-21 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not worked by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed...

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men...

the heart

Proverbs 10:20,21 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth...

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

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

Cross References
Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Proverbs 15:6
In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

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