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Proverbs 16:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaketh aright.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The delight of kings, are lips of righteousness,—and, the words of uprightness, he loveth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The delight of kings [are] righteous lips, And whoso is speaking uprightly he loveth,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Just lips are the delight of kings: he that speaketh right things shall be loved.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings: and they loue him that speaketh right.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Righteous lips are acceptable to a king; and he loves right words.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Righteous 6664
{6664} Prime
From H6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity.
lips 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
[are] the delight 7522
{7522} Prime
From H7521; delight.
of kings; 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
and they love 157
{0157} Prime
A primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
him that speaketh 1696
{1696} Prime
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
right. 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:13

_ _ A specification of the general sentiment of Proverbs 16:12.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:13

_ _ Here is a further character of good kings, that they love and delight in those that speak right. 1. They hate parasites and those that flatter them, and are very willing that all about them should deal faithfully with them and tell them that which is true, whether it be pleasing or displeasing, both concerning persons and things, that every thing should be set in a true light and nothing disguised, Proverbs 29:12. 2. They not only do righteousness themselves, but take care to employ those under them that do righteousness too, which is of great consequence to the people, who must be subject not only to the king as supreme, but to the governors sent by him, 1 Peter 2:14. A good king will therefore put those in power who are conscientious, and will say that which is righteous and discreet, and know how to speak aright and to the purpose.

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 14:35 The king's favour [is] toward a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.
Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.
Psalms 101:5-7 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. ... He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
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