Wise and Foolish Talk

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. Prov 14:3

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. 15:2

The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of the fools are not upright. 15:7

The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. 16:23

The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. 18:6,7

Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse. 19:1

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. 23:15-16

Appropriate Speech

A person find joy in giving an apt reply- and how good is a timely word! 15:23

The wise in heart are called discerning and gracious words promote instruction. 16:21

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

Like apples of gold in settings of siler is a ruling rightly given. 25:11

If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse. 27:14

Controlled Speech

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

The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. 17:27

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. 25:15

Power of the tongue

From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. 18:20,21

There are several more verses in Proverbs about the tongue and how we should or should not use it.