Proverbs on Words
The words of the godly lead to life; evil people cover up their harmful intentions.
Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!
The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.
People can get many good things by the words they say; the work of their hands also gives them many benefits.
Wise people don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their folly.
Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.
Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.
Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.
Proverbs on the Wrong Way to Speak
There are six things the Lord hates – no, seven things He detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers.
Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.
It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.
A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.
Scoundrels hunt for scandal; their words are a destructive blaze.
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
What dainty morsels rumors are – but the sink deep into one’s heart.
What a shame, what folly, to give advice before listening to the facts!
Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a common clay pot.
People with hate in their hearts may sound pleasant enough, but don’t believe them. Though they pretend to be kind, their hearts are full of all kinds of evil. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, it will finally come to life for all to see. If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will roll back and crush you.
A lying tongue hates its victims and flattery causes ruin.
To flatter people is to lay a trap for their feet.
A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.
There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.
Proverbs on the Right Way to Speak
Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites trouble.
The godly give good advice, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.
The godly speak words that are helpful, but the wicked speak only what is corrupt.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
The godly think before speaking; the wicked spout evil words.
The king is pleased with righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.
Proverbs 16: 23-24
From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.
Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.
A gossip tells secrets, so don’t hang around with someone who talks too much.
If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble.
A false witness will be cut off, but an attentive witness will be allowed to speak.
Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold.
Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition.
A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.
Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.
Don’t praise yourself; let others do it!
An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
In the end, people appreciate frankness more than flattery.