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.
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
And his tongue speaks justice.
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
He who speaks truth tells what is right,
But a false witness, deceit.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
A man has joy in an apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
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 the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.