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Proverbs 16:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Pleasant words [are as] a honey-comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Pleasant words are [as] a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health for the bones.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A comb of honey, are pleasant words, sweet to the taste and healing to the bone.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Sayings of pleasantness [are] a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and healing to the bone.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Pleasant words are [as] an honycombe, sweete to the soule, and health to the bones.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Good words are honeycombs, and the sweetness thereof is a healing of the soul.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Pleasant 5278
{5278} Prime
From H5276; agreeableness, that is, delight, suitableness, splendor or grace.
words 561
{0561} Prime
From H0559; something said.
[are as] an honeycomb, 6688
{6688} Prime
From H6687; comb of honey (from dripping).
{1706} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be gummy; honey (from its stickiness); by analogy syrup.
sweet 4966
{4966} Prime
From H4985; sweet.
to the soul, 5315
{5315} Prime
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
and health 4832
{4832} Prime
From H7495; properly curative, that is, literally (concretely) a medicine, or (abstractly) a cure; figuratively (concretely) deliverance, or (abstractly) placidity.
to the bones. 6106
{6106} Prime
From H6105; a bone (as strong); by extension the body; figuratively the substance, that is, (as pronoun) selfsame.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:24

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 15:26). Gentle, kind words, by soothing the mind, give the body health.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:24

_ _ The pleasant words here commended must be those which the heart of the wise teaches, and adds learning to (Proverbs 16:23), words of seasonable advice, instruction, and comfort, words taken from God's word, for that is it which Solomon had learned from his father to account sweeter than honey and the honey-comb, Psalms 19:10. These words, to those that know how to relish them, 1. Are pleasant. They are like the honey-comb, sweet to the soul, which tastes in them that the Lord is gracious; nothing more grateful and agreeable to the new man than the word of God, and those words which are borrowed from it, Psalms 119:103. 2. They are wholesome. Many things are pleasant that are not profitable, but these pleasant words are health to the bones, to the inward man, as well as sweet to the soul. They make the bones, which sin has broken and put out of joint, to rejoice. The bones are the strength of the body; and the good word of God is a means of spiritual strength, curing the diseases that weaken us.

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.
Proverbs 23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
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.
Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Song of Songs 4:11 Thy lips, O [my] spouse, drop [as] the honeycomb: honey and milk [are] under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments [is] like the smell of Lebanon.
John 20:19-21 Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you. ... Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.


Proverbs 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste: ... So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Psalms 19:10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.


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.
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Dt 32:2. Ps 19:10; 119:103. Pv 3:8; 4:22; 12:18; 15:23, 26; 23:16; 24:13; 25:11; 27:9. So 4:11. Jr 15:16. Jn 20:19.

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