Proverbs related to the wise or foolish use of speech:
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
14 The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the speech of the upright rescues them.
13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk,
and so the innocent escape trouble.
14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
and the work of their hands brings them reward.
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,
but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.
2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,
but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
but the lips of the wise protect them.
7 Stay away from a fool,
for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the hearts of fools are not upright.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
27 A scoundrel plots evil,
and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
13 To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
keep themselves from calamity.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
1 Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—
would you use your lips to mislead?
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
an outsider, and not your own lips.
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor
rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.
10 “Do not slander a servant to their master,
or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
Proverbs 31:26 [WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER]
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
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