Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool's lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler.

International Standard Version

Appropriate speech is inconsistent with the fool; how much more are deceitful statements with a prince!

A Conservative Version

Excellent speech is not appropriate to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince.

American Standard Version

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

Amplified

Fine or arrogant speech does not befit [an empty-headed] fool -- "much less do lying lips befit a prince.

Bible in Basic English

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

Darby Translation

Excellent speech becometh not a vile man; how much less do lying lips a noble!

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Excellent speech is not suitable for a fool: much less lying lips for a prince!

Julia Smith Translation

The lip of excellence is not becoming to, the foolish one: much less the lip. of falsehood to the noble one.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

{Fine speech} [is] not becoming a fool, {still less} [is] {false speech} for a ruler.

Modern King James verseion

An excellent lip is not fitting for a fool; much less are lying lips fitting for a prince.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

An eloquent speech becometh not a fool; much less a lying mouth, then, becometh a prince.

NET Bible

Excessive speech is not becoming for a fool; how much less are lies for a ruler!

New Heart English Bible

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

The Emphasized Bible

Unseemly in an unworthy man, is the lip of excellence, much more, in one of noble mind, the lip of falsehood.

Webster

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.

Youngs Literal Translation

Not comely for a fool is a lip of excellency, Much less for a noble a lip of falsehood.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׂפת שׂפה 
Saphah 
Usage: 176

נאוה 
Na'veh 
Usage: 10

not a fool
נבל 
Nabal 
Usage: 18

שׁקר 
Sheqer 
Usage: 113

שׂפת שׂפה 
Saphah 
Usage: 176

References

Hastings

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers. 7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince. 8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.



Cross References

2 Samuel 23:3

"The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,

Job 34:12

"Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.

Psalm 50:16-17

But to the wicked God says, "What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth?

Psalm 101:3-5

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.

Proverbs 12:19

Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

Proverbs 16:10-13

A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment.

Proverbs 26:7

Like the legs which are useless to the lame, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 29:12

If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked.

Matthew 7:5

"You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.



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