Day One Hundred Forty-One, Proverbs
Wise and foolish talk
A wise man’s heart guides his mouth,
and his lips promote instruction.
Righteous and wicked talk
From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things,
but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Slander and gossip
A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much.
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,
but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in men who are truthful.
Power of tongue
From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.