A Question I Was Asked:

'What is the Meaning of Proverbs 24:26?'

"Would you please give me your explanation of Prov. 24:26? What does it mean:

'Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.'

Looking forward to your reply."

My Reply:

If we look up some commentator's opinions about Proverbs 24:26, we find some hepful comments by Wesley and JFB:

Wesley's Notes :

"24:26 Shall kiss - Shall respect him. A right answer - That speaks pertinently and plainly, and truly."

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary :

"26. Kiss his lips-love and obey, do homage (Ps 2:12; So 8:1). Right answer-literally, "plain words" (compare Pr 8:9), opposed to deceptive, or obscure."

So the meaning appears to be:

'Giving a straight answer is like a kiss on the lips.'

I hope that this response helps.

Robin A. Brace, February, 2008.

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