Taming your Tongue
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. – Proverbs 10:19
Tongue (your words):
1) Is a dangerous and powerful tool
…How good is a timely word!
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is
helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those
who listen. Destroy:
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings
healing. Leave someone scared forever:
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
2) Can get you to start trouble, get you in trouble, or keep you from it Start trouble:
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Getting into trouble:
Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel
not their own. Keep away from/Stop trouble:
Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself from calamity.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
3) Restraining it will not only make you wise but also a good listener. Talking too much:
The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
He who winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much.
Restrain to have wisdom:
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,
but a man of understanding holds his tongue.
A fool gives full vent to his anger, ...
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