A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.
The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,
A word at the right time is like apples of gold in a network of silver.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.
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1 sn The verse uses emblematic parallelism, stating the simile in the first part and the point in the second. The meaning of the simile is not entirely clear, but it does speak of beauty, value, and artistry. The “apples of gold” (possibly citrons, quinces, oranges, or apricots) may refer to carvings of fruit in gold on columns.
2 tn Heb “on its wheels.” This expression means “aptly, fittingly.” The point is obviously about the immense value and memorable beauty of words used skillfully (R. N. Whybray, Proverbs [CBC], 148). Noting the meaning of the term and the dual form of the word, W. McKane suggests that the expression is metaphorical for the balancing halves of a Hebrew parallel wisdom saying: “The stichos is a wheel, and the sentence consisting of two wheels is a ‘well-turned’ expression” (Proverbs [OTL], 584). The line then would be describing a balanced, well-turned saying, a proverb; it is skillfully constructed, beautifully written, and of lasting value.