The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
A good individual’s speech is a reflection of what they are. Because of having a sterling character, their speech will be as well. Since the heart of the wicked is not worthwhile, neither is the conversation that flows from it.
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
The more we talk, the greater is the probability of saying something wrong. The need for incessant conversation often leads to exaggeration, breaking of confidence, and associated sins. The one who exercises self-control in their speech is wise. They will save themselves from embarrassment, apologies, and outright sin.
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
This proverb contrasts the one who hides their hatred by insincere words and the individual who openly reveals it by slandering their neighbor. The first is a hypocrite, while the second is a fool, and there is not much difference between the two.
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
The one who makes it a practice to listen to godly instruction stays on the road of life. The one who turns their back on good advice goes astray themselves and leads other astray.
The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
Wealth obtained by reputable employment is a blessing, while profit from dishonorable work leads to sin.
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Those who have money can make money, but the poor can’t get started because they do not have the funds. This is the way things are in life, but not the way they should be.
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Wise people value knowledge and draws from it as it is needed. But it is never known what a fool will say next, as they speak whatever “pops” in their mind as the time.
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
The conversation of someone who is wise is a benefit to others, while a fool doesn’t help anyone but only brings judgment to themselves.
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
A hateful spirit refuses to forgive and forget. It desires to continually remember old grudges and quarrels. But a heart of love forgives and refuses to remember the faults and failures of others.
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
From the mouth of the righteous flows words of edification, comfort, and counsel, all of which bring life to the hearer. But the words of the wicked, produces evil and violence.