Proverbs 15:28

28 The heart of the righteous 1ponders how to answer, but 2the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 15:28 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 15:28

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer
He thinks before he speaks, meditates what he shall say, what answer to give to men; whether in things civil, natural, or religious; and what to return to the Lord when he is reproved by him; or what to say in prayer to him, or by way of thankfulness for mercies received from him; see ( Proverbs 3:6 ) ( Habakkuk 2:1 ) ; though our Lord advises his disciples, when summoned before their persecutors, not to meditate beforehand what they should answer, since they should have immediate assistance, ( Luke 21:14 ) ; but this was in extraordinary cases; in common ones the observation of the wise man should be attended to. A Jewish F21 writer renders the words, "the heart of the righteous meditates wormwood", or bitter things; see ( Proverbs 5:4 ) ; as the judgment of God, death, and hell; this sense is mentioned by Aben Ezra, but rejected; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things;
without any previous thought and consideration, without fear or wit; in great abundance, as water out of a fountain; thus an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil things readily and at once, having no concern about the consequences of things, ( Matthew 12:25 ) ; (See Gill on Proverbs 15:2).


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Proverbs 15:28 In-Context

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure.
27 Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 37:30
  • 2. [1 Peter 3:15]; See ver. 2
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