Proverbs 16:23

23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.a

Read Proverbs 16:23 Using Other Translations

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.

What does Proverbs 16:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 16:23

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth
That is, a man that is wise in heart, as in ( Proverbs 16:21 ) ; his heart will teach his mouth what to say, when to say it, and before whom; it will prompt him to matter, that he shall not be at a loss what to say, nor how to say; it will furnish him with words and things; out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, ( Matthew 12:34 ) ; and addeth learning to his lips:
so that he does not deliver out mere words, but solid learning along with them, instructive to himself and others. The Targum is,

``and by his lips he addeth doctrine;''
or increases knowledge.
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