Proverbs 10:20
New International Version
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

New Living Translation
The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.

English Standard Version
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Berean Study Bible
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth.

King James Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

New King James Version
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.

New American Standard Bible
The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

NASB 1995
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

NASB 1977
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

Amplified Bible
The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued); The heart of the wicked is worth little.

Christian Standard Bible
The tongue of the righteous is pure silver; the heart of the wicked is of little value.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tongue of the righteous is pure silver; the heart of the wicked is of little value.

American Standard Version
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver and the heart of the evil is bitterness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The tongue of the just is tried silver; but the heart of the ungodly shall fail.

Contemporary English Version
The words of a good person are like pure silver, but the thoughts of an evil person are almost worthless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing worth.

English Revised Version
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Good News Translation
A good person's words are like pure silver; a wicked person's ideas are worthless.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tongue of a righteous person is pure silver. The hearts of wicked people are worthless.

International Standard Version
What the righteous person says is like precious silver; the thoughts of the wicked are compared to small things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver; The heart of the wicked is little worth.

Literal Standard Version
The tongue of the righteous [is] chosen silver, The heart of the wicked—as a little thing.

NET Bible
What the righteous say is like the best silver, but what the wicked think is of little value.

New Heart English Bible
The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
19When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise. 20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth. 21The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of judgment.…

Cross References
Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than gold, pure gold, and my harvest surpasses choice silver.


Treasury of Scripture

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

tongue

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:4
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 16:13
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

the heart

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Genesis 6:5
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 8:21
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.









Verse 20. - Choice (Proverbs 8:10, 19); tested, purified by fire; πεπυρωμένος, Septuagint. Is little worth; mere dross, in contradistinction to choice silver. So the tongue is contrasted with the heart, out of whose abundance it speaketh (Ecclus. 21:26, "The heart of fools is in their mouth; but the mouth of the wise is in their heart"). Septuagint, "The heart of the godless shall fail (ἐκλείψει)."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The tongue
לְשׁ֣וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 3956: The tongue

of the righteous
צַדִּ֑יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

[is] choice
נִ֭בְחָר (niḇ·ḥār)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 977: To try, select

silver,
כֶּ֣סֶף (ke·sep̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3701: Silver, money

[but] the heart
לֵ֖ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

of the wicked
רְשָׁעִ֣ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

[has] little worth.
כִּמְעָֽט׃ (kim·‘āṭ)
Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 4592: A little, fewness, a few


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