Proverbs 24:26
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English Standard Version
Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.

King James Bible
Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

American Standard Version
He kisseth the lips Who giveth a right answer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall kiss the lips, who answereth right words.

English Revised Version
He kisseth the lips that giveth a right answer.

Webster's Bible Translation
Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Warning against envying the godless for their external prosperity:

19 Be not enraged on account of evil-doers,

     Envy not the godless;

20 For the wicked men shall have no future,

     The light of the godless is extinguished.

Ver. 19 is a variation of Psalm 37:1; cf. also Proverbs 3:21 (where with בכל־דרכיו following the traditional תבחר is more appropriate than תתחר, which Hupfeld would here insert). תּתחר is fut. apoc. of התחרה, to be heated (to be indignant), distinguished from the Tiphel תּחרה, to be jealous. The ground and occasion of being enraged, and on the other side, of jealousy or envy, is the prosperity of the godless, Psalm 73:3; cf. Jeremiah 12:1. This anger at the apparently unrighteous division of fortune, this jealousy at the success in which the godless rejoice, rest on short-sightedness, which regards the present, and looks not on to the end. אחרית, merely as in the expression 'ישׁ אח, 14b (cf. Psalm 37:37), always denotes the happy, glorious issue indemnifying for past sufferings. Such an issue the wicked man has not; his light burns brightly on this side, but one day it is extinguished. In 20b is repeated Proverbs 13:9; cf. Proverbs 20:20.

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Proverbs 15:23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver...

Genesis 41:38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Daniel 2:46-48 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, and worshipped Daniel...

Mark 12:17,18,32-34 And Jesus answering said to them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's...

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Job 6:25 How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing reprove?

Cross References
Proverbs 24:25
but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.

Proverbs 24:27
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

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