Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:3
Some places where else this is discussed:
Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”, is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen
How often I wish to take back my words -whether they were hurtful, false claims or promises unkept!
This proverb promotes a careful guarding of our lips before we say anything stupid. Whether it’s talking big, a sly joke, or careless words, we are warned our words can be ruinous.
Like a gate of a city that needs protection, our mouth needs to be opened carefully. Let’s protect our lives, reputation, etc., by keeping our big mouths closed.
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