A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!
The phrase “a word spoken at the right moment” brings to mind another related verse found in Proverbs 25:11 (AMP):
A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Bishop KC Pillai, a converted Hindu, who dedicated his life to enlightening students of the Bible regarding Orientalisms or customs and practices from the Eastern sectors of the world, indicates that the reference to “apples of gold” is actually referring to a variety of succulent oranges grown in the Middle East. He comments on the often quoted verse from Proverbs:
“Verse 11 ‘Apples of gold’ had nothing to do with apples. These are a kind of orange we grow in Egypt, Syria and India of which there is no English name. . . There is a special orange tree called Kitchilika tree, sweetest of all oranges. This fruit makes a refreshing drink which soothes and comforts. It is gold in color, and does not last long after it is ripe and can’t be exported outside of the country. Very tasty, we make sherbet of it, and it is easily smelled when ripe on the tree. They are very beautiful to look at and quench the thirst quicker than any other juice. It was called apples of gold because there was no other English word.
The verse should read: ‘A word appropriately spoken is like oranges placed in a tray of silver.’
So a word appropriately spoken to a weary or troubled person will refresh, soothe, comfort, revitalize, strengthen. The Word of God is the only “word fitly spoken.” It will lift a person out of trouble and despondency. Words appropriately spoken (to a troubled person) are like golden oranges in trays of silver. They are refreshing, strengthening, pleasing, uplifting.”
Believers today sometimes mention a “rhema word from the Lord spoken in due season.” The website ShareFaith speaks of the Greek word rhema, which means utterance, as a portion of scripture that “speaks” to a believer. “In most cases, a rhema word received while reading the Bible applies to a current situation or need. In essence, the rhema word is timely and extremely valuable in a Christian’s walk with God.” I think of a rhema word as a “right now word in a right now moment.” Indeed, as the New Living Testament renders Proverbs 15:23:
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time.
Vickie Winans offers “A Word from the Lord.”