Proverbs 16:21-22 “The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.”

There is an old proverb found in English that seems to have originated in Italy: “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” My belief is that it actually originates from Proverbs 16:21!

Since “wise of heart” is coupled with “sweetness of speech,” the implication seems to be that we are discerning and wise when we use our speech to influence others in a positive and moral manner. If you do that you have good sense, and it will take you far in life! Fools, however, just instruct others in foolishness, and cause destruction.

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