A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!
A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
Congenial conversation--what a pleasure! The right word at the right time--beautiful!
A man has joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word at the right time, how good it is!
To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is !
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1 tn Heb “joy to the man” or “the man has joy.”
2 tn Heb “in the answer of his mouth” (so ASV); NASB “in an apt answer.” The term “mouth” is a metonymy of cause for what he says. But because the parallelism is loosely synonymous, the answer given here must be equal to the good word spoken in season. So it is an answer that is proper or fitting.
3 tn Heb “in its season.” To say the right thing at the right time is useful; to say the right thing at the wrong time is counterproductive.