Proverbs 17:27-28

27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

Proverbs 17:27 in Other Translations

KJV
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
ESV
27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
NLT
27 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.
MSG
27 The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm.
CSB
27 The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 17:27-28 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 7

This chapter gives an account of some buildings of Solomon for himself, 1Ki 7:1-12; and of other things for the use of the temple; of two pillars of brass, 1Ki 7:13-22; of the molten sea, 1Ki 7:23-26; and of ten bases, and ten layers on them, 1Ki 7:27-39; with other utensils and ornaments, 1Ki 7:40-51.

Proverbs 17:27-28 In-Context

25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 6:24
  • 2. S Proverbs 14:29; James 1:19
  • 3. S Job 2:13; Job 13:5; S Proverbs 10:19
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