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24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. (Proverbs 4:24)

12. A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth, 13. Winking with his eyes, speaking with his feet, pointing with his fingers (Proverbs 6:12 - 13)

11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life . . . (10:11)

19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. (10:19)

17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit. 18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. (12:17 - 18)

Did Jesus ever say he was God?
How did Elijah humorously mock sinners?
Why did God mock idolaters?

1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (15:1)7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so. (15:7)

28 Good people think before they answer. (15:28)

23 Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive. (16:23)

9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. (11:9)

28 Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships. (Proverbs 16:28)

World's Wit and Wisdom
Tact is the knack of making a point
without making an enemy.
Sir Isaac Newton, 1642 - 1727

Don't tell your friends their social faults;
they will cure the fault
and never forgive you.
Logon Smith, 1865 - 1946

9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends. (17:9)

21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words. (18:21)

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. 14 Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. (10:13 - 14)

World's Wit and Wisdom
We are more anxious
to speak than to be heard
Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

Usually we praise only to be praised.
Francois Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

Social tact is making your company
feel at home, even though
you wish they were.

11 He who loves purity of heart and has grace on his lips, the king will be his friend. (22:11)

16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things. (Proverbs 23:16)

26 It is an honor to receive a frank reply. 28 Don't testify spitefully against an innocent neighbor. Why lie about him? (24:26, 28)

11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (25:11)

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. (26:4 - 5)

22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body. 23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross. (26:22 - 23)

28 Flattery is a form of hatred and wounds cruelly. (26:28)

2 Don't praise yourself; let others do it! (27:2)

5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. (29:5)

11 A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. (29:11)

20 There is more hope for a fool than for a man of quick temper. (29:20)

23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)

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