For thought and meditation. Chapter 4
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth
And put devious speech far from you.
12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
8 The wise of heart will receive commands,
But a babbling fool will be ruined.
14 Wise men store up knowledge,
But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
18 He who conceals hatred has lying lips,
And he who spreads slander is a fool.
19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of understanding.
31 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.
8 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
3 The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
27 He who restrains his words has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
15 There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.
“The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.
26 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.