Speech in Action

The things we say can bring us strife

like floggings, shame and ruined life.

But, they might also satisfy

our needs to know and pacify. 


The ways we speak reveal our state:

the poor will plead, the rich berate.

When swift to speak before we’ve heard

We’re seen as fools by our own word. 


We trap ourselves by things we say:

betraying others’ private way;

We fall to folly’s drowning pow’r

while missing wisdom’s cleansing show’r.


Photo:  by Anna K on Unsplash

Source:  Proverbs 18:4,6,7,8,13,20,21,23

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:   Adon Olam, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2011/Score/SingNowWithJoy-AdonOlam.pdf   

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

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