For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips.
For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
“For I am full of words;
The spirit within me constrains me.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Your mouth.
How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart.
I rejoice at Your word,
As one who finds great spoil.
Let my lips utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes.
Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
“Listen, for I will speak noble things;
And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.
The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of understanding.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
My son, eat honey, for it is good,
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.