December 21, 2017: Morning Verse Of The Day

11 Speech, honest and graceful. Honest and gracious speech will be highly respected. The syntax of this verse is not easy to understand. The text seems to say, “He who loves purity of heart, the grace of his lips the king is his friend.” The simplest interpretation is that someone who is honest and gracious will be welcomed in the courts of the palace (see also 16:13).[1]


22:11 / The mt is hardly translatable. The niv inserts and whose, but the entire saying is not convincing.The njps interprets this as a three-line saying. Modern and ancient versions alike differ widely. See Additional Notes.[2]


22:11 The man who loves purity of heart and whose speech is gracious will enjoy royal friendships. God may be the King referred to here.

A little word in kindness spoken,

A motion, or a tear

Has often healed the heart that’s broken,

And made a friend sincere.

Author unknown[3]


22:11 Even the most powerful are drawn to the wise (cf. Ecc 10:12).[4]


22:11 A person who is marked by purity of speech and heart becomes the confidant of a good king. Compare this proverb with Ps. 15, which describes a person who wants to become a friend of the Lord.[5]


[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 190). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 110). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 848). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Pr 22:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 770). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

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