4 (A)A gentle[a] tongue is (B)a tree of life, but (C)perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
4 A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life,But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.
4 The soothing tongue(A) is a tree of life,(B) but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.(C)
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