“Spoken words can be like deep water, but wisdom is like a flowing stream” (Proverbs 18:4). What we say can be as dangerous as being thrown in to the deep end of a swimming-pool, but a flowing stream? A flowing stream’s not dangerous at all. It’s pleasant to listen to, and you can spend hours being soothed by it.
“The words of fools start quarrels” (Proverbs 18:6).
“The words of a gossip are like tasty bits of food” (Proverbs 18:8). If I’ve eaten smoked bacon in a sandwich, or some nice potato dauphinoise (sliced potatoes baked with cream and garlic), the flavour tantalises me long after I’ve finished eating. A sobering thought, but gossip can be just as lasting.
“The wise person listens to learn more. … The person who tells one side of a story seems right, until someone else comes and asks questions” (Proverbs 18:15, 17). Words are important – other people’s, and the way you use yours.
“A brother who has been insulted is harder to win back than a walled city” (Proverbs 18:19). I know the truth of this one. I’m not very likely to want to spend time with someone if I know they think badly of me.
So, remember the longevity of your words, and be careful what you say.