New International Version
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
King James Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
Darby Bible Translation
The tongue of the righteous [man] is [as] choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth.
World English Bible
The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth.
Young's Literal Translation
The tongue of the righteous is chosen silver, The heart of the wicked -- as a little thing.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The heart of the wicked is little worth - כמעט kimat, is like little or nothing; or is like dross, while the tongue of the just is like silver. A sinner's heart is worth nothing, and is good for nothing; and yet because it is his most hidden part, he vaunts of its honesty, goodness, etc.! Yes, yes; it is very honest and good, only the devil is in it! that is all.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Two-Fold Aspect of the Divine Working
'The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.'--PROVERBS x. 29. You observe that the words 'shall be,' in the last clause, are a supplement. They are quite unnecessary, and in fact they rather hinder the sense. They destroy the completeness of the antithesis between the two halves of the verse. If you leave them out, and suppose that the 'way of the Lord' is what is spoken of in both clauses, you get a far deeper and fuller meaning. 'The way …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Sanctions of Moral Law, Natural and Governmental.
How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
Letter xv (Circa A. D. 1129) to Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
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