Parallel Verses

Modern King James verseion

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

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.

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 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, sin is not lacking; but he who holds back his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the just 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 wisdom.



Cross References

Proverbs 12:18

There are those who speak like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals.

Genesis 6:5

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

Genesis 8:21

And Jehovah smelled a sweet odor. And Jehovah said in His heart, I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, because the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. And I will not again smite every living thing as I have done.

Proverbs 8:19

My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and what I give is better than choice silver.

Proverbs 15:4

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but crookedness in it is a break in the spirit.

Proverbs 16:13

Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him who speaks right.

Proverbs 23:7

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

Proverbs 25:11-12

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

Jeremiah 17:9

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

Matthew 12:34-35

Offspring 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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