Proverbs 17 :7

Proverbs 17 :7 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

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

King James Version (KJV)

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.

Definitions for Proverbs 17 :7

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' Commentary 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 Commentary on Proverbs 17 :7

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