v 11. The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.
The fountain that refreshes needy people as you talk with them.
v 19 Too much talk leads to sin.
Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
The blessing of silence as you listen to other people.
v 20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver;
the heart of a fool is worthless.
Wholesome conversation is valued by those who join in with it.
v 21 The words of the godly encourage many,
but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.
Thoughtful conversation encourages those who listen.
v 31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice,
but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.
A godly person – in touch with God – is able to give wise advice.
v 32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words,
but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.
The blessing of helpful words that give courage and strengthen faith.