A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.
Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense.
God doesn't miss a thing - he's alert to good and evil alike.
Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.
Moral dropouts won't listen to their elders; welcoming correction is a mark of good sense.
The lives of God-loyal people flourish; a misspent life is soon bankrupt.
Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow - there's nothing to them.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)