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News Item 191. Mishlei 16-01 (Control)

A new proverb has been posted to the Mishlei Section.

This proverb analyzes the activity of talking and distinguishes between the role of the person’s mind in formulating his thoughts and the role of his organs of speech in actually producing the spoken words. The mind (or heart) is under control of the person who is doing the talking. Although he may not originate all the thoughts that come into his mind, he arranges them and chooses which ones will be communicated. He may also choose which words will best express them. But the actual articulation of the words in spoken language is beyond the speaker’s direct control. He depends upon Hashem to control the sounds that will be heard.