The Power of Words

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.  Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Proverbs 25:11, 12


When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19


There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18


A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1


A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4


The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure. Proverbs 15:26


Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right. Proverbs 16:13


Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24


Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. Proverbs 17:27, 28


A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. Proverbs 18:2


A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. Proverbs 18:7


Death and life are in the power of the tongue… Proverbs 18:21


Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?  There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20


Every time I read the Proverbs, I am reminded of the great power of my tongue for good and evil, to build up and destroy. As one who uses words in my primary vocation, there is no doubt that words are the greatest blessing and the greatest curse.  See James 3:1-12. Words said that should not have been said, words that should have been said but were not said, words spoken rashly or thoughtlessly.


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

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