20 He who gives attention to the word will (A)find good,
And (B)blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
21 The (C)wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of [a]speech (D)increases [b]persuasiveness.
22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
But the discipline of fools is folly.
23 The (E)heart of the wise instructs his mouth
And adds [c]persuasiveness to his lips.
24 (F)Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and (G)healing to the bones.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 16:21 Lit lips
  2. Proverbs 16:21 Or learning
  3. Proverbs 16:23 Or learning