Proverbs 10:20–21; Proverbs 10:31–32; Proverbs 11:11; Proverbs 12:13–14; Proverbs 13:2; Proverbs 15:28; Proverbs 17:4

20  The tongue of the righteous is gchoice silver;

the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

21  The lips of the righteous feed many,

but fools die for hlack of sense.


31  xThe mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,

but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

32  The lips of the righteous yknow what is acceptable,

but the mouth of the wicked, zwhat is perverse.


11  By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,

but oby the mouth of the wicked pit is overthrown.


13  An evil man is ensnared uby the transgression of his lips,1

vbut the righteous escapes from trouble.

14  From the fruit of his mouth wa man is satisfied with good,

xand the work of a man's hand comes back to him.


From the fruit of his mouth a man reats what is good,

but the desire of the treacherous sis for violence.


28  The heart of the righteous yponders how to answer,

but zthe mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.


An evildoer listens to wicked lips,

and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.