Proverbs 17:7

“Excellent speech becommeth not a foole: much lesse doe lying lippes a prince.”

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Other Translations

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
- King James Version

Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Fair words are not to be looked for from a foolish man, much less are false lips in a ruler.
- Basic English Bible

Excellent speech becometh not a vile [man]; how much less do lying lips a noble!
- Darby Bible

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
- Webster's Bible

Arrogant speech isn't fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince.
- World English Bible

Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Overbearing speech becometh not a churl; much less do lying lips a prince.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 17:7

17:7 Excellent speech - Discourse of high and excellent things.

Discussion for Proverbs 17

  • Rejoicing and Crying
    God's gift of Good Humour has often blessed me but there is a time for everything and telling jokes to anyone who is hurting is not Healing we Cry with them Rom12:15 and have understanding and Compassion 1Pet3:8 Rebuking can be needed with others and we may be rejected but it's not Love to see anyone in danger and not warn them Some of God's Guidlines for RebukingV15 above Ez3:18-2Tim4:1-4 Jude22.
  • All Good things Come from God
    Very True JLS God does not tell us to pretend to be Happy when we are hurting as Christians we will be Persecuted just as Jesus and any who followed Him were. Rejoicing Spiritually is having Assurance of Christ within us. We are His Arms Hands Feet and Voice in this Hurting World He tells us to Cry with others to help carry their burdens to have Compassion and to come to Him in Prayer Mat11:28-29.
  • A Laugh a Day keeps the Doctor away
    Humor is a gift that has helped me cope with life even as a Child and I still give out free Percriptions but I'm not sure if Doctors are very impressed Lol. I was Rebuked as a new Christian Eph5:4 so I asked God to help me Clean up my Act. No more unclean jokes, Blond or Irish ones that hurt some, negative ones about Husbands, Wives or Children. Other Humour can be good Medicine that uplifts us.
  • JLS
    Proverbs 17:22 reminds me of how God is near the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all...the proverb is true. We can not bear a crushed spirit so God delivers us from it. Glory be to God!
  • Jennifer Macamaux
    It says it right there being miserable and scared and anxious and stressed brings on sickness and disease period.
  • I Am that Michael Isaac Dale
    A friend will be corrected by my Holy Father. It is written, The blueness of a wound cleanses away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly. Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beat him with the rod, he shall not die. but Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

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