The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
Read Proverbs 15:4 Using Other Translations
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
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