New American Standard Bible
Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
King James Bible
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Darby Bible Translation
As apples of gold in pictures of silver, is a word spoken in season.
World English Bible
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Young's Literal Translation
Apples of gold in imagery of silver, Is the word spoken at its fit times.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Apples of gold - Probably the golden colored fruit set in baskets (i. e., chased vessels of open worked silver); so is a word spoken upon its wheels (i. e., moving quickly and quietly on its way). The proverb may have had its origin in some kingly gift to the son of David, the work of Tyrian artists, like Hiram and his fellows. Others gazed on the cunning work and admired, but the wise king saw in the costly rarity a parable of something higher. "A word well set upon the wheels of speech" excelled it. Ornamentation of this kind in the precious metals was known, even as late as in the middle ages, as oeuvre de Salomon.
A sermon (No. 2866) delivered on Thursday Evening, January 6th, 1876, by C.H. Spurgeon at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."--Proverbs 25:25. This is a text for summertime rather than for a winter's evening. It is only on one of our hottest summer days that we could fully appreciate the illustration here employed; we need to be parched with thirst to be able to feel the value of cold waters to quench our thirst. At the same …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Epistle Xlii. To Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria.
The Ninth Commandment
"The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.
A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!
Or he who hears it will reproach you, And the evil report about you will not pass away.
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