Proverbs 16:24
New International Version
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

New Living Translation
Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

English Standard Version
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Berean Study Bible
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

New American Standard Bible
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

New King James Version
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

King James Bible
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Christian Standard Bible
Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.

Contemporary English Version
Kind words are like honey--they cheer you up and make you feel strong.

Good News Translation
Kind words are like honey--sweet to the taste and good for your health.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.

International Standard Version
Pleasant words are honey from a honeycomb— sweet to the soul and healing for the body.

NET Bible
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

New Heart English Bible
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The speech of the wise is a honeycomb of honey, and it is sweet to his soul and healing to his bones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pleasant words are [like] honey from a honeycomb- sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

New American Standard 1977
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and medicine to the bones.

King James 2000 Bible
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

American King James Version
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

American Standard Version
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Good words are honeycombs, and the sweetness thereof is a healing of the soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Darby Bible Translation
Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health for the bones.

English Revised Version
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Webster's Bible Translation
Pleasant words are as a honey-comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

World English Bible
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Young's Literal Translation
Sayings of pleasantness are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and healing to the bone.
Study Bible
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
23The heart of the wise man instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. 24Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 25There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.…
Cross References
Psalm 19:10
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, and health to the whole body.

Proverbs 15:26
The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but the words of the pure are pleasant to Him.

Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 24:13
Eat honey, my son, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.

Proverbs 24:14
Know that wisdom is sweet for your soul. If you find it, there is a future for you, and your hope will never be cut off.

Treasury of Scripture

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

pleasant

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

Proverbs 15:23,26
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! …

Proverbs 23:16
Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

an

Proverbs 24:13,14
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: …

Psalm 19:10
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

health

Proverbs 3:8
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.







Lexicon
Pleasant
נֹ֑עַם (nō·‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5278: Agreeableness, delight, suitableness, splendor, grace

words
אִמְרֵי־ (’im·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 561: Something said

are a honeycomb,
צוּף־ (ṣūp̄-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6688: Comb of honey

sweet
מָת֥וֹק (mā·ṯō·wq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4966: Sweet, sweetness

to the soul
לַ֝נֶּפֶשׁ (lan·ne·p̄eš)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

and healing
וּמַרְפֵּ֥א (ū·mar·pê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4832: Curative, a medicine, a cure, deliverance, placidity

to the bones.
לָעָֽצֶם׃ (lā·‘ā·ṣem)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6106: A bone, the body, the substance, selfsame
(24) Pleasant words.--Comp. Proverbs 15:26.

Health to the bones.--Comp. 1Samuel 14:27.

Verse 24. - Pleasant words are as an honeycomb. "Pleasant words" are words of comforting, soothing tendency, as in ch. 15:26; Psalm 19:10. The writer continues his praise of apt speech. The comparison with honey is common in all languages and at all times. Thus Homer sings of Nestor ('Iliad,' 1:248, etc.) -

"The smooth-tongued chief, from whose persuasive lips
Sweeter than honey flowed the stream of speech."

(Derby.)
So the story goes that on the lips of St. Ambrose, while still a boy, a swarm of bees settled, portending his future persuasive eloquence. Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (Proverbs 15:30). The verse forms one sentence. The happy results of pleasant words are felt in body and soul. Honey in Palestine is a staple article of food, and is also used as a medicinal remedy. Of its reviving effects we read in the case of Jonathan, who from a little portion hurriedly taken as he marched on had "his eyes enlightened" (1 Samuel 14:27). Septuagint, "Their sweetness is the healing of the soul."

Ἰατρὸς ὁ λόγος τοῦ κατά ψυχὴν πάθους.

"Speech the physician of the soul's annoy." 16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.
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