The loose tongue of the godless spreads destruction;
the common sense of the godly preserves them.
When it goes well for good people, the whole town cheers;
when it goes badly for bad people, the town celebrates.
When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes;
evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.
Mean-spirited slander is heartless;
quiet discretion accompanies good sense.
A gadabout gossip can’t be trusted with a secret,
but someone of integrity won’t violate a confidence.
Without good direction, people lose their way;
the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
Whoever makes deals with strangers is sure to get burned;
if you keep a cool head, you’ll avoid rash bargains.
A woman of gentle grace gets respect,
but men of rough violence grab for loot.
A God-Shaped Life
When you’re kind to others, you help yourself;
when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself.
Bad work gets paid with a bad check;
good work gets solid pay.