New International Version
The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.
King James Bible
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Darby Bible Translation
The wise in heart is called intelligent, and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
World English Bible
The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.
Young's Literal Translation
To the wise in heart is called, 'Intelligent,' And sweetness of lips increaseth learning.
Proverbs 16:21 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Pride goeth before destruction - Here pride is personified: it walks along, and has destruction in its train.
And a haughty spirit before a fall - Another personification. A haughty spirit marches on, and ruin comes after.
In this verse we find the following Masoretic note in most Hebrew Bibles. חצי הספר chatsi hassepher: "the middle of the book." This verse is the middle verse; and the first clause makes the middle of the words of the book of Proverbs.
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LibraryApril 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy …
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The Providence of God
At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.
Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
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