More instructions from the book of Proverbs.
An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongueis the law of kindness.