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19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
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23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
13 To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
15 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
5 Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.
13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.
20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
27 A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.