Wednesday, January 12, 2011

On Heated Political Rhetoric: Wisdom from Proverbs

Proverbs 6
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 10:12
12 " Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs."

Proverbs 10:19
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 11
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

Proverbs 12
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,
but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 13
 2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,
but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.

Proverbs 14
 3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
but the lips of the wise protect them.
16 The wise fear the LORD and shun evil,
but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Proverbs 15
 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 16
 1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the LORD.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.

Proverbs 17
 4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.

Proverbs 18
 1 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 20
 3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
keep themselves from calamity.
24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—
behaves with insolent fury.
29 The wicked put up a bold front,
but the upright give thought to their ways.

Proverbs 22
 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
and get yourself ensnared.

Proverbs 24
1 Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.

Proverbs 26
 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife

Proverbs 28
 2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

Proverbs 29
 10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.
22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered person commits many sins

Proverbs 30
 32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
33 For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”

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