Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
David said to him, “Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’”
While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” And the king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.”
“Behold you have admonished many,
And you have strengthened weak hands.
“I could strengthen you with my mouth,
And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
And his tongue speaks justice.
I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation;
Behold, I will not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You know.
So they will make him stumble;
Their own tongue is against them;
All who see them will shake the head.
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation all day long;
For I do not know the sum of them.
“As for the head of those who surround me,
May the mischief of their lips cover them.
The wise of heart will receive commands,
But a babbling fool will be ruined.
He who winks the eye causes trouble,
And a babbling fool will be ruined.
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will escape from trouble.
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A man has joy in an apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
A fool’s lips bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will not escape.
He who loves purity of heart
And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.
He *said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.