Proverbs 11:12; Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 15:4; Proverbs 16:27; Proverbs 25:23; Proverbs 26:2

12  Whoever qbelittles his neighbor lacks sense,

but a man of understanding remains silent.

18  cThere is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,

but the tongue of the wise brings dhealing.

hA gentle1 tongue is ia tree of life,

but jperverseness in it breaks the spirit.

27  yA worthless man plots evil,

and his speech1 is like za scorching fire.

23  The north wind brings forth rain,

and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Like xa sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,

ya curse that is causeless does not alight.