New International Version
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
King James Bible
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
Darby Bible Translation
Excellent speech becometh not a vile [man]; how much less do lying lips a noble!
World English Bible
Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince.
Young's Literal Translation
Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.
Proverbs 17:7 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Excellent speech becometh not a fool - This proverb is suitable to those who affect, in public speaking, fine language, which neither comports with their ordinary conversation, nor with their education. Often fine words are injudiciously brought in, and are as unbecoming and irrelevant as a cart wheel among clockwork.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
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