Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Words

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

A fool always loses his temper. A fool's lips bring strife. A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul. With the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand. An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable. Any fool will quarrel.

He who restrains his words has knowledge. The heart of the wise instructs his mouth. The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer. The lips of the wise spread knowledge. The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom. The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life. How delightful is a timely word! Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. He who speaks right is loved.

The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens his lips comes to ruin. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Lord, keep me quiet.

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