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Proverbs 22:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that loveth pureness of heart, [For] the grace of his lips the king will be his friend.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who loves purity of heart [And] whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that loveth pureness of heart, upon whose lips is grace, the king is his friend.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Yahweh loveth the pure in heart, gracious are his lips, his friend is the king!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is loving cleanness of heart, Grace [are] his lips, a king [is] his friend.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that loveth cleanness of heart, for the grace of his lips shall have the king for his friend.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He that loueth purenesse of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The Lord loves holy hearts, and all blameless persons are acceptable with him: a king rules with his lips.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He that loveth 157
{0157} Prime
A primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
pureness 2890
{2890} Prime
From H2891; purity.
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
[2889] Standard
From H2891; pure (in a physical, chemical, ceremonial or moral sense).
of 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.
[for] the grace 2580
{2580} Prime
From H2603; graciousness, that is, subjectively (kindness, favor) or objectively (beauty).
of 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.).
the king 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
[shall be] his friend. 7453
{7453} Prime
From H7462; an associate (more or less close).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 22:11

_ _ (Compare Margin).

_ _ pureness of heart — and gentle, kind words win favor, even from kings.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 22:11

_ _ Here is, 1. The qualification of an accomplished, a complete gentleman, that is fit to be employed in public business. He must be an honest man, a man that loves pureness of heart and hates all impurity, not only pure from all fleshly lusts, but from all deceit and dissimulation, from all selfishness and sinister designs, that takes care to approve himself a man of sincerity, is just and fair from principle, and delights in nothing more than in keeping his own conscience clean and void of offence. He must also be able to speak with a good grace, not to daub and flatter, but to deliver his sentiments decently and ingeniously, in language clean and smooth as his spirit. 2. The preferment such a man stands fair for: The king, if he be wise and good, and understand his own and his people's interest, will be his friend, will make him of his cabinet-council, as there was one in David's court, and another in Solomon's, that was called the king's friend; or, in any business that he has, the king will befriend him. Some understand it of the King of kings. A man in whose spirit there is no guile, and whose speech is always with grace, God will be his friend, Messiah, the Prince, will be his friend. This honour have all the saints.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 22:11

He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the (g) king [shall be] his friend.

(g) He shows that princes should use their familiarity, whose conscience is good, and their talk wise and godly.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
Psalms 101:6 Mine eyes [shall be] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

for the grace of his lips:
or, and hath grace in his lips,
Psalms 45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
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?

the king:

Genesis 41:39-57 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, [there is] none so discreet and wise as thou [art]: ... And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy [corn]; because that the famine was [so] sore in all lands.
Ezra 7:6-11 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he [was] a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him. ... Now this [is] the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, [even] a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.
Nehemiah 2:4-6 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. ... And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
Esther 10:3 For Mordecai the Jew [was] next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.
Daniel 2:46-49 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. ... Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel [sat] in the gate of the king.
Daniel 3:30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
Daniel 6:20-23 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: [and] the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? ... Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
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Gn 41:39. Ezr 7:6. Ne 2:4. Es 10:3. Ps 45:2; 101:6. Pv 16:13. Dn 2:46; 3:30; 6:20. Mt 5:8. Lk 4:22.

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