This post featuring Bible verses from the modern language version The Message was originally published over a year ago. I am reposting it today in honor of the author Eugene Peterson who passed away this week.
Proverbs 18 The Message (MSG)
Words Kill, Words Give Life
2 Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse;
all they do is run off at the mouth.
4 Many words rush along like rivers in flood,
but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.
6 The words of a fool start fights;
do him a favor and gag him.
7 Fools are undone by their big mouths;
their souls are crushed by their words.
8 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.