Proverbs on the power of words

(Prov. 10:21) The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.

(Prov. 12:13) Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.

(Prov. 12:18) The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

(Prov. 12:25) An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

(Prov. 13:3) He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

(Prov. 14:3) A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

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

(Prov. 15:4) The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

(Prov. 15:23) A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!

(Prov. 16:24) Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

(Prov. 18:21) The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.