Parallel Verses

King James 2000

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

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 tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued);
The heart of the wicked is worth little.

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.

Julia Smith Translation

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

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 In the multitude of words there lacks not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is of little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for lack of wisdom.



Cross References

Proverbs 12:18

There is one that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise brings health.

Genesis 6:5

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 8:21

And the LORD smelled a sweet odor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.

Proverbs 8:19

My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

Proverbs 15:4

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 16:13

Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks what is right.

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, says he to you; but his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 25:11-12

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Matthew 12:34-35

O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

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