Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time!
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
The heart of the righteous weighs answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.
He who gives answer before he hears, that is folly and shame to him.
To teach you truth, reliable words, to give sound answers to the ones who sent you?
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart, then I can answer my tormentor.
Don't answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
One of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together. Knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the greatest of all?"
When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." No one dared ask him any question after that.
They said therefore to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"