; a word
; by implication a matter
of) or thing
; adverbially a cause
From an unused root meaning to revolve
; a turn
, that is, a season
From an unused root meaning to revolve
; a wheel
Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
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
, or against
(yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange
; but used figuratively (of words) to speak
; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815
Count - 1415
; an apple
(from its fragrance
), that is, the fruit or the tree (probably including others of the pome
order, as the quince, the orange, etc.).
From an unused root meaning to shimmer
; figuratively something gold colored
(that is, yellow
), as oil
, a clear sky
From the same as H7906
; a figure
(carved on stone, the wall, or any object); figuratively imagination
(from its pale
color); by implication money
_ _ a word fitly literally, “quickly,” as wheels roll, just in time. The comparison as apples ... silver gives a like sense.
_ _ apples, etc. either real apples of golden color, in a silver network basket, or imitations on silver embroidery.
_ _ Solomon here shows how much it becomes a man, 1. To speak pertinently: A word upon the wheels, that runs well, is well-circumstanced, in proper time and place instruction, advice, or comfort, given seasonably, and in apt expressions, adapted to the case of the person spoken to and agreeing with the character of the person speaking is like golden balls resembling apples, or like true apples of a golden colour (golden rennets), or perhaps gilded, as sometimes we have gilded laurels, and those embossed in pictures of silver, or rather brought to table in a silver network basket, or in a silver box of that which we call filigree work, through which the golden apples might be seen. Doubtless in was some ornament of the table, then well known. As that was very pleasing to the eye, so is a word fitly spoken to the ear. 2. Especially to give a reproof with discretion, and so as to make it acceptable. If it be well given, by a wise reprover, and well taken, by an obedient ear, it is an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, very graceful and well becoming both the reprover and the reproved; both will have their praise, the reprover for giving it so prudently and the reproved for taking it so patiently and making a good use of it. Others will commend them both, and they will have satisfaction in each other; he who gave the reproof is pleased that it had the desired effect, and he to whom it was given has reason to be thankful for it as a kindness. That is well given, we say, that is well taken; yet it does not always prove that that is well taken which is well given. It were to be wished that a wise reprover should always meet with an obedient ear, but often it is not so.
Of silver Which it seems was usual in those times, and was grateful to the eye for the beauty and variety both of the colours and figures, the golden apples appearing through net work of silver.
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 24:26 [Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.
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.
- fitly spoken:
- Heb. spoken upon his wheels
- is like:
- Rather "is like golden apples (tappuchim, in Arabic, tuffach), in baskets (maskeeyoth, in Arabic, shakeekat), of silver." A word spoken with propriety, opportunely, and suitably to the occasion, is as much in its place, and as conspicuously beautiful, as the golden fruit which appears through the apertures of an exquisitely wrought silver basket.