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Proverbs 15:1-2 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 A soft answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,[a]
    but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 15:2 Cn: Heb makes knowledge good
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 26:18-23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 Like a maniac who shoots deadly firebrands and arrows,
19 so is one who deceives a neighbor
    and says, “I am only joking!”
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
    and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
21 As charcoal is to hot embers and wood to fire,
    so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
    they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 Like the glaze[a] covering an earthen vessel
    are smooth[b] lips with an evil heart.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 26:23 Cn: Heb silver of dross
  2. Proverbs 26:23 Gk: Heb burning
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Proverbs 12:22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
    but those who act faithfully are his delight.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Proverbs 12:25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

25 Anxiety weighs down the human heart,
    but a good word cheers it up.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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