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Proverbs 16:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The heart of the wise instructeth his mouth, And addeth learning to his lips.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The heart of the wise maketh his mouth intelligent, and upon his lips increaseth learning.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The heart of the wise, giveth discretion to his mouth, and, upon his lips, increaseth persuasiveness.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The heart of the wise causeth his mouth to act wisely, And by his lips he increaseth learning,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lippes.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The heart of the wise will discern the [things which proceed] from his own mouth; and on his lips he will wear knowledge.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The heart 3820
{3820} Prime
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.
of the wise 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
teacheth 7919
{7919} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causeatively make or act) circumspect and hence intelligent.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
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 addeth 3254
{3254} Prime
A primitive root; to add or augment (often adverbially to continue to do a thing).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
learning 3948
{3948} Prime
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.
to x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
his 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.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:23

_ _ The heart is the source of wisdom flowing from the mouth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:23

_ _ Solomon had commended eloquence, or the sweetness of the lips (Proverbs 16:21), and seemed to prefer it before wisdom; but here he corrects himself, as it were, and shows that unless there be a good treasure within to support the eloquence it is worth little. Wisdom in the heart is the main matter. 1. It is this that directs us in speaking, that teaches the mouth what to speak, and when, and how, so that what is spoken may be proper, and pertinent, and seasonable; otherwise, though the language be ever so fine, it had better be unsaid. 2. It is this that gives weight to what we speak and adds learning to it, strength of reason and force of argument, without which, let a thing be ever so well worded, it will be rejected, when it comes to be considered, as trifling. Quaint expressions please the ear, and humour the fancy, but it is learning in the lips that must convince the judgment, and sway that, to which wisdom in the heart is necessary.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 16:23

Teacheth — Directs him what to speak, and keeps him from speaking foolishly. Addeth — Enables him to speak learnedly and wisely.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Proverbs 22:17-18 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. ... For [it is] a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
Psalms 37:30-31 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. ... The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Psalms 45:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.]] My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue [is] the pen of a ready writer.
Matthew 12:34-35 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. ... A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Heb. maketh wise
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What does "teacheth his mouth" mean? Also it is interesting the Greek Septuagint reads "grace to his lips" whereas the Hebrew reads "learning to his lips". Indeed, there is so much to learn!
- Sam (1/24/2013 6:14:46 PM)
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