Proverbs. Good Talk and Bad Talk.

Key Notes: Nine or ten kinds of good and bad talk.

Talking is our favorite recreation. People would rather talk than eat. We do more talking than sleeping. This is a big topic and there is much information in the Proverbs. The verses were assembled from repeated readings of the Proverbs and divided into topics.

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it (life) will eat its fruits." (Prov.18:21)

"A rebuke strikes deeper into a discerning person than a hundred blows into a fool." (Prov.17:10)

"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." (Prov.16:24)

" With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones." (Prov.25:15)

"If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength being small; if you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death, those who go staggering to the slaughter; if you say, “Look, we did not know this”— does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it? And will he not repay all according to their deeds?" (Prov.24:10–12)

THE WEAKNESS OF WORDS.

"In all toil there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty." (Prov.14:23)

"By mere words servants are not disciplined, for though they understand, they will not give heed." (Prov.29:19)

BAD TALK

Flattering
"Whoever flatters a neighbor is spreading a net for the neighbor’s feet." (Prov.29:5)

Lying
" A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin." (Prov.26:28)

Self-praise
" Let another praise you, and not your own mouth — a stranger, and not your own lips." (Prov.27:2)

Tattling
"A perverse person spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends." (Prov.16:28)

Backbiting
"The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks." (Prov.25:23)

Cursing
"If you curse father or mother, your lamp will go out in utter darkness." (Prov.20:20)

Vengeful
"Do not say, 'I will do to others as they have done to me; I will pay them back for what they have done.'" (Prov.24:29)

Hasty
"It is a snare for one to say rashly, 'It is holy,' and begin to reflect only after making a vow. (Prov.20:25)

Belittling
"Whoever belittles another lacks sense, but an intelligent person remains silent." (Prov.11:12)

Usual commercial talk
"It is bad; it is bad, says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts." (Prov.20:14)

GOOD TALK

Honest
"One who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips." (Prov.24:26)

Knowledgeable
"There is gold, and abundance of costly stones; but the lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel." (Prov.20:15)

Encouraging
"Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up." (Prov.12:25)

Fitting
"To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!" (Prov.15:23)

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver." (Prov.25:11)

Peaceful
"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Prov.15:1)

Pleasant
"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." (Prov.16:24)

Rebuking
"Better is open rebuke than hidden love." (Prov.27:5)

"Whoever rebukes a person will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the tongue." (Prov.28:23)

Instructing
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Prov.1:7)

Confessional
"No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy." (Prov.28:13)

Guarded
"Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives; those who open wide their lips come to ruin." (Prov.13:3)

Limited
"Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or else he will rebuke you, and you will be found a liar." (Prov.30:5–6)

Watchful
"To watch over mouth and tongue is to keep out of trouble." (Prov.21:23)