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News Item 141. Mishlei 15-04 (Empathy)

A new proverb has been posted to the Mishlei section as of today (Wednesday, May 20). This proverb compares the healing tongue to a tree of life. The power of speech can help the listener find new meaning in his life. The decisions the listener makes under the positive influence of gentle mussar from the tongue of a wise person can lead him to eternal life. In contrast, a tongue that utters thoughtless words expressing the perversity and hangups of the speaker can wound the spirit of the troubled listener.