Proverbs 15:23

ESV To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!
NIV A person finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
NASB A person has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!
CSB A person takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word--how good that is!
NLT Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
KJV A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

What does Proverbs 15:23 mean?

Solomon writes once again about the value of well-chosen words (Proverbs 15:1–2, 4, 7). He observes that an appropriate answer delights both the hearer and the speaker. The emphasis here is on words which are especially well-timed and fitting to the moment at hand. Not only is it joyful for the person who can give such an answer, it's a blessing to the one who hears. For that to happen, the speaker needs to pursue wisdom (Proverbs 2:1–7) and discernment (Proverbs 15:14; Hebrews 5:14) and the hearer needs to be receptive (Proverbs 5:7; 15:31).

This ideal response might be a word of encouragement, explanation, praise, love, exhortation, or even a word of rebuke. Jesus is the best example of someone whose answers and words brought joy to those who received them. His words brought life, healing, comfort, and hope. Even the officers of the chief priests and Pharisees admitted, "No one ever spoke like this man" (John 7:46). Our answers and words, too, should bring joy to those who ask for a reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). Like the Philippian believers, we ought to hold fast the word of life (Philippians 2:16) and share it with others so they may have an opportunity to know the joy of salvation.
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