or you will be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows
is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, 'I was only joking!'
Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down.
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man's inmost parts."
Oh be careful little mouth
what you say!
What we say probably affects more people than any other action we take. it is not surprising then to find that Proverbs gives special attention to words and how they are used.