Proverbs on Words

Proverbs 10:11

The words of the godly lead to life; evil people cover up their harmful intentions.

Proverbs 10:19

Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!

Proverbs 10:20

The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.

Proverbs 12:14

People can get many good things by the words they say; the work of their hands also gives them many benefits.

 Proverbs 12:23

Wise people don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their folly.

Proverbs 15:4

Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 17:10

A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.

Proverbs 18:21

Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.

Proverbs 25:11

Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.

Proverbs on the Wrong Way to Speak

Proverbs 6:16-19

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.

Proverbs 11:9

Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.

Proverbs 11:12

It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.

Proverbs 11:13

A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.

Proverbs 12:18

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.

Proverbs 13:3

 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.

Proverbs 16:27

Scoundrels hunt for scandal; their words are a destructive blaze.

Proverbs 16:28

A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

Proverbs 18:8

What dainty morsels rumors are – but the sink deep into one’s heart.

Proverbs 18:13

What a shame, what folly, to give advice before listening to the facts!

Proverbs 26:23

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a common clay pot.

Proverbs 26:24-27

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.

Proverbs 26:28

A lying tongue hates its victims and flattery causes ruin.    

Proverbs 29:5

To flatter people is to lay a trap for their feet.

Proverbs 29:11

A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.

Proverbs 29:20

 There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

Proverbs on the Right Way to Speak

Proverbs 10:14

Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites trouble.

Proverbs 10:21

The godly give good advice, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

Proverbs 10:32

The godly speak words that are helpful, but the wicked speak only what is corrupt.

Proverbs 12:25

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

Proverbs 12:26

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.

Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.

Proverbs 15:23

Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

Proverbs 15:28

The godly think before speaking; the wicked spout evil words.

Proverbs 16:13

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.

Proverbs 17:27

A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 17:28

Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

Proverbs 20:15

Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.

Proverbs 20:19

A gossip tells secrets, so don’t hang around with someone who talks too much.

Proverbs 21:23

If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble.

Proverbs 21:28

A false witness will be cut off, but an attentive witness will be allowed to speak.

Proverbs 25:12

Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold.

Proverbs 25:15

Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition.

Proverbs 27:28

A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.

Proverbs 27:1

Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.

Proverbs 27:2

Don’t praise yourself; let others do it!

Proverbs 27:5-6

An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

Proverbs 27:9

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

Proverbs 28:23

In the end, people appreciate frankness more than flattery.