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Proverbs 17:7

    Proverbs 17:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

    Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 17:7

    Excellent speech becometh not a fool - This proverb is suitable to those who affect, in public speaking, fine language, which neither comports with their ordinary conversation, nor with their education. Often fine words are injudiciously brought in, and are as unbecoming and irrelevant as a cart wheel among clockwork.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 17:7

    The margin renderings are more literal and give greater emphasis. What is pointed out is not the unfitness of lying lips for the princely-hearted, but the necessity of harmony, in each case, between character and speech.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 17:7

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

    Verses Related to Proverbs 17:7

    Psalms 119:163 - I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
    Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
    1 Timothy 4:2 - Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

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