Pleasant words are like a honeycomb

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
But the correction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:20-24

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver

Proverbs 25:11

JP: Good read by Pastor Chris Anderson:

“Sweetness of Speech Increases Persuasiveness”

Excerpt:

[All] would do well to note that “sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” We’re prone to think that the best way to get a point across is to “unload” on people. According to this passage, that’s not the case. Younts notes that parental instruction should be received—and given!—like a beautiful piece of jewelry (Prov 1:8-9). Too often we give pastoral or parental counsel like a two-by-four to the side of the head instead.

Are there times when a stern rebuke is in order? Sure. I’m not calling for cowardice or Pollyanna sweetness. However, the old adage that “You can catch more bees with honey than vinegar” seems to have biblical backing from the book of Proverbs.

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