Proverbs 25:11

ESV A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
NIV Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.
NASB Like apples of gold in settings of silver, Is a word spoken at the proper time.
CSB A word spoken at the right time is like gold apples in silver settings.
NLT Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.
KJV A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

What does Proverbs 25:11 mean?

Solomon (Proverbs 25:1) speaks of the tremendous value of wise words offered at the right time. This echoes other proverbs (Proverbs 12:25; 15:23) which follow the same thought process. The comparison here is to an ornate object made with precious metals. The following proverb (Proverbs 25:12) gives essentially the same teaching, with an emphasis on correction.

A well-chosen word may communicate support and agreement. It may also bring necessary rebuke. Or it may bring comfort, exhortation, guidance, or encouragement. The apostle Paul writes, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom" (Colossians 3:16). In Colossians 4:6 he writes: "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." The apostle Peter writes a similar exhortation in 1 Peter 3:15: "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you."
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