Proverbs 16:21

21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.[a]

Proverbs 16:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
ESV
21 The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
NLT
21 The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.
MSG
21 A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one's reputation.
CSB
21 Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning, and pleasant speech increases learning.

Proverbs 16:21 In-Context

19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.

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  • [a]. Or "words make a person persuasive"
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