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Passage: Selected Proverbs
Series: Skillful Living
Speaker: Rev. Hunter Stevenson
Date: 16/02/2020
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Selected Proverbs on Speech

18:21     The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

12:18     Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

15:04     The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

10:21 The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.

18:20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

12:14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

13:02 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.

28:13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.


12:06 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

11:09 With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.

16:27 A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

26:18 Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows, is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”

18:06 A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.

18:07 A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

12:13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.


17:27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

11:12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

13:03 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

15:23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-and how good is a timely word!

31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

29:20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.