Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

King James Version

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Holman Bible

The tongue of the righteous is pure silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little value.

International Standard Version

What the righteous person says is like precious silver; the thoughts of the wicked are compared to small things.

A Conservative Version

The tongue of a righteous man is choice silver. The heart of the wicked is little worth.

American Standard Version

The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth.

Amplified

The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.

Bible in Basic English

The tongue of the upright man is like tested silver: the heart of the evil-doer is of little value.

Darby Translation

The tongue of the righteous man is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The tongue of the just is as choice silver, but the understanding of the wicked is worth little.

Julia Smith Translation

The tongue of the just is choice silver: the heart of the unjust is as little.

King James 2000

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Choice silver is a tongue of righteousness, a heart of wickedness is {of little worth}.

Modern King James verseion

The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

An innocent tongue is a noble treasure; but the heart of the ungodly is nothing worth.

NET Bible

What the righteous say is like the best silver, but what the wicked think is of little value.

New Heart English Bible

The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth.

The Emphasized Bible

Choice silver, is the tongue of the righteous, but, the sense of the lawless, is very small.

Webster

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

World English Bible

The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth.

Youngs Literal Translation

The tongue of the righteous is chosen silver, The heart of the wicked -- as a little thing.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
לשׁנה לשׁן לשׁון 
Lashown 
Usage: 116

of the just
צדּיק 
Tsaddiyq 
Usage: 206

is as choice
בּחר 
Bachar 
Usage: 169

כּסף 
Keceph 
Usage: 403

of the wicked
רשׁע 
Rasha` 
Usage: 263

References

Context Readings

Proverbs Concerning The Mouth

19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.



Cross References

Proverbs 12:18

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Genesis 6:5

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 8:21

The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Proverbs 8:19

"My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.

Proverbs 15:4

A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 16:13

Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 25:11-12

Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.

Jeremiah 17:9

"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

Matthew 12:34-35

"You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

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