A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.
Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word!
The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.
- passages from Proverbs 15 regarding words and thoughts
Words are powerful.
To you who believe; the world and all of creation came into being by the Word of God.
Mind your words carefully.