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Proverbs 15:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it!
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [it is]!
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word in its season, how good is it!
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A man hath joy, in the answer of his own mouth, and, a word in its season,—how good!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Joy [is] to a man in the answer of his mouth, And a word in its season—how good!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A man [hath] ioy by the answere of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good is it?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A bad man will by no means attend to counsel; neither will he say anything seasonable, or good for the common [weal].
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
hath joy 8057
{8057} Prime
From H8056; blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival).
by the answer 4617
{4617} Prime
From H6030; a reply (favorable or contradictory).
of his mouth: 6310
{6310} Prime
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
and a word 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
[spoken] in due season, 6256
{6256} Prime
From H5703; time, especially (adverbially with preposition) now, when, etc.
how x4100
(4100) Complement
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
good 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
[is it]!
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 15:23

_ _ Good advice blesses the giver and receiver.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 15:23

_ _ Note, 1. We speak wisely when we speak seasonably: The answer of the mouth will be our credit and joy when it is pertinent and to the purpose, and is spoken in due season, when it is needed and will be regarded, and, as we say, hits the joint. Many a good word comes short of doing the good it might have done, for want of being well-timed. Nor is any thing more the beauty of discourse than to have a proper answer ready off-hand, just when there is occasion for it, and it comes in well. 2. If we speak wisely and well, it will redound to our own comfort and to the advantage of others: A man has joy by the answer of his mouth; he may take a pleasure, but may by no means take a pride, in having spoken so acceptably and well that the hearers admire him and say, “How good is it, and how much good does it do!”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 15:23

The answer — By a wise, or good and seasonable answer.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 15:23

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] (g) in due season, how good [it is]!

(g) If we will that our talk be comfortable, we must wait for time and season.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
Proverbs 24:26 [Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.
Proverbs 25:11-12 A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver. ... [As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

in due season:
Heb. in his season,
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.


1 Samuel 25:32-33 And David said to Abigail, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: ... And blessed [be] thy advice, and blessed [be] thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to [shed] blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
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