v 1 A gentle answer deflects anger,
but harsh words make tempers flare.
It is all too easy to respond to harshness with harshness.
v 2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
Wise conversation draws thoughtful listeners.
v 4 Gentle words are a tree of life;
a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Gentle conversation builds people rather than knock them down.
v 23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
There is a right time to speak, and a time to hold back.
v 28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
Engage brain before opening mouth!
v 31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
you will be at home among the wise.
Don’t be afraid of criticism from wiser people.