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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Proverbs 25:11


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    King James Bible - Proverbs 25:11

    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

    World English Bible

    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of
    silver.

    Douay-Rheims - Proverbs 25:11

    To speak a word in due
    time, is like apples of gold on beds of silver.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of
    silver.

    Original Hebrew

    תפוחי
    8598 זהב 2091 במשׂכיות 4906 כסף 3701 דבר 1697 דבר 1696 על 5921 אפניו׃ 655

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    VERSE (11) -
    Pr 15:23; 24:26 Ec 12:10 Isa 50:4

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 25:11

    ¶ Manzana de oro con figuras de plata es la palabra dicha como conviene.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Proverbs 25:11

    Verse 11. A word fitly spoken ] wynpa l[ al ophannaiv, upon its
    wheels. An observation, caution, reproof, or advice, that comes in naturally, runs smoothly along, is not forced nor dragged in, that appears to be without design, to rise out of the conversation, and though particularly relative to one point, will appear to the company to suit all.

    Is like apples of gold in pictures of silver-. ] Is like the refreshing orange or beautiful citron, served up in open work or filigree baskets, made of silver. The Asiatics excel in filigree silver work. I have seen much of it, and it is exquisitely beautiful. The silver wire by which it is done they form into the appearance of numerous flowers; and though these wires are soldered everywhere at their junctions with each other, yet this is done with such delicacy and skill as to be scarcely perceptible. I have seen animals formed on this filigree work, with all their limbs, and every joint in its natural play. Fruit-baskets are made also in this way, and are exquisitely fine. The wise man seems to have this kind of work particularly in view; and the contrast of the golden yellow fruit in the exquisitely wrought silver basket, which may be all termed picture work, has a fine and pleasing effect upon the eye, as the contained fruit has upon the palate at an entertainment in a sultry climate. So the word spoken judiciously and opportunely is as much in its place, as the golden apples in the silver baskets.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 11. A word fitly spoken , etc.] Or, “a word spoken on its wheels” f678 : that proceeds aright, keeps due order, is well circumstanced as to matter, method, time, place, and persons; a discourse well put together, properly pronounced, roundly, easily, and fluently delivered to proper persons, and adapted to their circumstances; and “seasonably” spoken, as the Targum and many versions render it: [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver ; either like apples made of gold, and so valuable and precious; or as apples, called golden from their colour, as golden pippins, and golden rennets; or oranges, which are sometimes called golden apples: either of these in silver cases and enclosures, as Aben Ezra and Gersom interpret the word, or in a silver cup, as the Syriac version, or in silver lattices, as Maimonides, through which they may be seen, look very pleasant and delightful. The words may design, as some think, silver baskets of network f679 ; into which golden apples or oranges being put, and placed on a table, look very beautiful; and to such a word fitly spoken is compared. This may be applied to the word of the Gospel, as spoken by Christ, the great Prophet of the church; who has the tongue of the learned, to speak a word in season to weary souls, ( Isaiah 50:4); and by his ministers, who publish the Gospel, that faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation: this being the word of salvation, is fitly spoken to all sensible sinners, and must be exceeding agreeable to them; since it is of salvation from all sin, and for the chief of sinners, and entirely of free grace; includes all blessings in it, and is for ever; and since it is a proclamation of pardon of all sorts of sins and sinners, and of all their sins, and according to the riches of grace; and is also the word of reconciliation, and publishes peace to rebels, who could not make their own peace with God; and yet this is done by the blood of Christ, as the Gospel declares: and, seeing it is likewise the word of righteousness, which reveals the righteousness of Christ as justifying, when a man’s own righteousness will not acquit him; and invites weary souls to Christ for rest, and therefore must be grateful to all such persons, and be esteemed as valuable as balls or apples of gold; and as pleasant and delightful to see and hear of as those set in silver baskets of network; and be as refreshing and comfortable, and as grateful to the taste, as real apples of the best kind; (see Song of Solomon 2:2, 5). It may also be applied to the promises of grace, seasonably spoken, and suitably applied by the Spirit of God; who takes the promises which are in Christ, and shows and opens them to souls in distress, at the most proper and seasonable time; and which are exceeding great and precious, yield abundance of pleasure and delight, and are very comfortable. Yea, this may be applied to the words of good men, in private conversation, either by way of counsel, or comfort, or admonition; and to every word that is with grace, and ministers grace to the hearer, and is for the use of edifying, when time, place, persons, and circumstances, are observed. Maimonides thinks the external sense of the word is meant by the silver, and the internal sense by the gold; which latter is seen through, and is much better than the former.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 11, 12 - A word of
    counsel, or reproof, rightly spoken, is especially beautiful as fine fruit becomes still more beautiful in silver baskets.


    Original Hebrew

    תפוחי 8598 זהב 2091 במשׂכיות 4906 כסף 3701 דבר 1697 דבר 1696 על 5921 אפניו׃ 655


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