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The heart of a wise person gives

Here the word “heart” represents the mind and thoughts. AT: “The thoughts of a wise person gives” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

gives insight to his mouth

Here the word “mouth” is a metonym for speech. AT: “makes his speech wise” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

to his lips

Here the word “lips” is a metonym for speech. AT: “to what he says” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

Pleasant words are a honeycomb

The writer speaks of pleasant words being able to bring delight to the hearers as if the words were a honeycomb dripping with fresh honey. AT: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

sweet to the soul

Possible meanings for the word “soul” are 1) it represents a person’s inward desires and pleasures. AT: “sweet enough to make a person happy” or 2) it can mean “throat” and is a metonym for a person’s tongue and ability to taste. AT: “sweet to a person’s taste” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

healing to the bones

Here the word “bones” represent a person’s body. AT: “healing to the body” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-synecdoche)


  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/heart
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/wise
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/word
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/honey
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/soul
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/heal