Weekend Words-poison or fruit

Proverbs 18 The Message (MSG)

Words Kill, Words Give Life

Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse;
    all they do is run off at the mouth.


Many words rush along like rivers in flood,

    but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs. 

quote from Mark Twain about the Bible


The words of a fool start fights;

    do him a favor and gag him.


Fools are undone by their big mouths;
    their souls are crushed by their words.







Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
    do you really want junk like that in your belly?


13 Answering before listening

    is both stupid and rude.


15 Wise men and women are always learning,

    always listening for fresh insights.


17 The first speech in a court case is always convincing—

    until the cross-examination starts!


20 Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach;
    good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.


21 Words kill, words give life;
    they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.


The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain 

Writing grand tales about Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn ,and the mighty Mississippi River, Mark Twain explored the American soul with wit, buoyancy, and a sharp eye for truth. He became nothing less than a national treasure. He has been called the “father of American literature.” Biography.com-Mark Twain

Mark Twain married Olivia (Livy) Langdon. They had four children.

Their family life was marred by illness and tragedy. Their only son died of diphtheria as a toddler and a daughter died of meningitis as a young woman. Both of these infections are preventable with immunization.

Another daughter experienced seizures from epilepsy at a time when there were no medications available to control the condition. Both Mark and Livy are believed to have died from heart disease.