The Book of Proverbs is attributed to King Solomon, who is commonly thought of as the wisest man in history. In the Proverbs, when King Solomon writes about using words (verbal or written, I imagine), the recurring theme can be summed up as “use them sparingly, use them compassionately”.

According to The Message translation of the Christian Bible, Proverbs 18:21 reads “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” (Check out for other translations. The one from the Complete Jewish Bible is interesting.)

As writers, this is huge. Words are life and livelihood.
It begs the question: What are you writing about?

And for that matter, when you have writer’s block, what do you do to refill the well? In Prov 4:23, King Solomon advises “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” In that latter halves of Matt 12:34 and Luke 6:45, Jesus is quoted as saying pretty much the same thing. What you surround yourself with is going to come out in your words – verbal or written (and your actions, I would imagine).

Okay, enough sermonizing. I’m not a Bible-thumper. Just thought it was interesting, what you find when reading outside your comfort zone. And then to hear it as a real sermon is pretty cool.  🙂  [And did you notice that even King Solomon advises to “write tight”?]