Proverbs 16:13

13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.

Read Proverbs 16:13 Using Other Translations

Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.
The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.

What does Proverbs 16:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 16:13

Righteous lips [are] the delight of kings
Such that speak truth and righteousness, and advise to the administration of justice and judgment, and to do that which is most for their own true honour and the people's good, are, or ought to be, highly valued and esteemed by kings: but the contrary is too often the case; kings hearken to those that speak lies, that flatter them, and gratify their pride, ambition, and love of power, to the hurt of their subjects; and they love him that speaketh right:
agreeably to right reason; which makes for the honour of kings, and the good of those over whom they rule. Christ loves and delights in those that deliver out his doctrines in the taught words of the Holy Ghost, without any mixture or corruption; that explain, inculcate, and enforce his laws and commands; and faithfully declare the whole counsel of God, both with respect to faith and practice; all which is for his glory, as King of saints, and to the profit and advantage of those who submit to the sceptre of his kingdom.

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