Proverbs 15:4
Good News Translation
Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.

Contemporary English Version
Kind words are good medicine, but deceitful words can really hurt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is immoderate, shall crush the spirit.

New American Bible
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse one breaks the spirit.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is immoderate, shall crush the spirit.

a wholesome

Proverbs 12:18 There is that promiseth, and is pricked as it were with a sword of conscience: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 16:24 Well ordered words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name, the Sun of justice shall arise, and health in his wings: and you shall go forth, and shall leap like calves of the herd.

a tree

Proverbs 3:18 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence.

Genesis 3:22-24 And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now therefore lest perhaps he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. . . .

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and to that doctrine which is according to godliness,

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him that overcometh I will give to eat of the tree of life which is in the paradise of my God.

a breach

Proverbs 18:8,14 The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry. . . .

Proverbs 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.

Psalm 52:2-4 All the day long thy tongue hath devised injustice: as a sharp razor, thou hast wrought deceit. . . .

Psalm 109:22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is troubled within me.

Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
3The eyes of the Lord in every place behold the good and the evil. 4A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is immoderate, shall crush the spirit.5A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there is the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted out.…
Cross References
Revelation 2:7
He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him that overcometh I will give to eat of the tree of life which is in the paradise of my God.

Proverbs 3:18
The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, hath established the heavens by prudence.

Proverbs 12:18
There is that promiseth, and is pricked as it were with a sword of conscience: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:3
The eyes of the Lord in every place behold the good and the evil.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there is the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted out.

Additional Translations
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

The wholesome tongue is a tree of life, and he that keeps it shall be filled with understanding.

Gentleness of tongue is a tree of life; but crookedness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.

A healed tongue is a tree of life, And perverseness in it -- a breach in the spirit.
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