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Proverbs 25:11

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— [Like] apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— A word fitly spoken is [like] apples of gold in baskets of silver.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A word fitly spoken Is [like] apples of gold in network of silver.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [As] apples of gold in pictures of silver, is a word spoken in season.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Golden fruit in figured silver baskets, is a word spoken on fitting occasion.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Apples of gold in imagery of silver, [Is] the word spoken at its fit times.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— To speak a word in due time, is like apples of gold on beds of silver.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— A word spoken in his place, is like apples of golde with pictures of siluer.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A word fitly spoken [is] like apples of gold in pictures of siluer.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [As] a golden apple in a necklace of sardius, so [is it] to speak a [wise] word.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A word 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
fitly 655
{0655} Prime
From an unused root meaning to revolve; a turn, that is, a season.
[0212] Standard
From an unused root meaning to revolve; a wheel.
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
spoken 1696
{1696} Prime
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue.
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
[is like] apples 8598
{8598} Prime
From H5301; an apple (from its fragrance), that is, the fruit or the tree (probably including others of the pome order, as the quince, the orange, etc.).
of gold 2091
{2091} Prime
From an unused root meaning to shimmer; gold; figuratively something gold colored (that is, yellow), as oil, a clear sky.
in pictures 4906
{4906} Prime
From the same as H7906; a figure (carved on stone, the wall, or any object); figuratively imagination.
of silver. 3701
{3701} Prime
From H3700; silver (from its pale color); by implication money.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 25:11

_ _ a word fitly — literally, “quickly,” as wheels roll, just in time. The comparison as apples ... silver gives a like sense.

_ _ apples, etc. — either real apples of golden color, in a silver network basket, or imitations on silver embroidery.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 25:11-12

_ _ Solomon here shows how much it becomes a man, 1. To speak pertinently: A word upon the wheels, that runs well, is well-circumstanced, in proper time and place — instruction, advice, or comfort, given seasonably, and in apt expressions, adapted to the case of the person spoken to and agreeing with the character of the person speaking — is like golden balls resembling apples, or like true apples of a golden colour (golden rennets), or perhaps gilded, as sometimes we have gilded laurels, and those embossed in pictures of silver, or rather brought to table in a silver network basket, or in a silver box of that which we call filigree — work, through which the golden apples might be seen. Doubtless in was some ornament of the table, then well known. As that was very pleasing to the eye, so is a word fitly spoken to the ear. 2. Especially to give a reproof with discretion, and so as to make it acceptable. If it be well given, by a wise reprover, and well taken, by an obedient ear, it is an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, very graceful and well becoming both the reprover and the reproved; both will have their praise, the reprover for giving it so prudently and the reproved for taking it so patiently and making a good use of it. Others will commend them both, and they will have satisfaction in each other; he who gave the reproof is pleased that it had the desired effect, and he to whom it was given has reason to be thankful for it as a kindness. That is well given, we say, that is well taken; yet it does not always prove that that is well taken which is well given. It were to be wished that a wise reprover should always meet with an obedient ear, but often it is not so.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 25:11

Of silver — Which it seems was usual in those times, and was grateful to the eye for the beauty and variety both of the colours and figures, the golden apples appearing through net — work of silver.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
Proverbs 24:26 [Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.
Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and [that which was] written [was] upright, [even] words of truth.
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

fitly spoken:
Heb. spoken upon his wheels

is like:
Rather "is like golden apples (tappuchim, in Arabic, tuffach), in baskets (maskeeyoth, in Arabic, shakeekat), of silver." A word spoken with propriety, opportunely, and suitably to the occasion, is as much in its place, and as conspicuously beautiful, as the golden fruit which appears through the apertures of an exquisitely wrought silver basket.
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Pv 15:23; 24:26. Ec 12:10. Is 50:4.

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