Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21)
Do we bring comfort and healing to each other,
even if it is not beneficial to ourselves?
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
~ Proverbs 12:18
Why do you use perverted and foul language?
Does it make you look better in the eyes of the world?
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
~ Proverbs 10:31
Why do we talk down on others?
Do we think we are any better?
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
~ Proverbs 11:12.
Do we perform verbal diarrhea?
Do we talk and talk and talk to no sense?
When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
~ Proverbs 10:19
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
~ Proverbs 15:2
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
~ Proverbs 17:28
Why are we harsh in our words?
What are the motives of our rebuking?
A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
~ Proverbs 15:4
With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.
~ Proverbs 25:15
Why do we shout and snap at one another?
Where is Christ in what we say and do?
The north wind brings forth rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
~ Proverbs 25:23
Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
~ Psalm 19:14