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Proverbs 16:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The wise in heart shall be called prudent; And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The wise in heart is called intelligent, and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The wise in heart, shall be called intelligent, and, sweetness of lips, increaseth persuasiveness.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To the wise in heart is called, 'Intelligent,' And sweetness of lips increaseth learning.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The wise in heart shall be called prudent; and the sweetnesse of the lips increaseth learning.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [Men] call the wise and understanding evil: but they that are pleasing in speech shall hear more.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The wise 2450
{2450} Prime
חָכָם
chakam
{khaw-kawm'}
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
in heart 3820
{3820} Prime
לֵב
leb
{labe}
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
shall be called 7121
{7121} Prime
קָרָא
qara'
{kaw-raw'}
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
z8735
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
prudent: 995
{0995} Prime
בִּין
biyn
{bene}
A primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), that is, (generally) understand.
z8737
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
and the sweetness 4986
{4986} Prime
מֶתֶק
metheq
{meh'-thek}
From H4985; figuratively pleasantness (of discourse).
of the lips 8193
{8193} Prime
שָׂפָה
saphah
{saw-faw'}
(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.).
increaseth 3254
{3254} Prime
יָסַף
yacaph
{yaw-saf'}
A primitive root; to add or augment (often adverbially to continue to do a thing).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
learning. 3948
{3948} Prime
לֶקַח
leqach
{leh'-kakh}
From H3947; properly something received, that is, (mentally) instruction (whether on the part of the teacher or hearer); also (in an active and sinister sense) inveiglement.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:21

_ _ wise in heart — who rightly consider duty.

_ _ sweetness of the lips — eloquent discourse, persuades and instructs others.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:21

_ _ Note, 1. Those that have solid wisdom will have the credit of it; it will gain them reputation, and they shall be called prudent grave men, and a deference will be paid to their judgment. Do that which is wise and good and thou shalt have the praise of the same. 2. Those that with their wisdom have a happy elocution, that deliver their sentiments easily and with a good grace, are communicative of their wisdom and have words at will, and good language as well as good sense, increase learning; they diffuse and propagate knowledge to others, and do good work with it, and by that means increase their own stock. They add doctrine, improve sciences, and do service to the commonwealth of learning. To him that has, and uses what he has, more shall be given.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 16:21

The wise — He who is truly wise, shall be so accounted by others. Sweetness — Eloquence added to wisdom. Increaseth — Both in himself, for while a man teaches others, he improves himself; and others, who by this means are induced to hear and receive his instructions.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 16:21

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the (k) sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

(k) The sweet words of consolation which come from a godly heart.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
wise:

Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Proverbs 23:15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all [men]. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

the sweetness:

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
Psalms 45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and [that which was] written [was] upright, [even] words of truth.
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.
Luke 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
John 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
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