Proverbs 15:4

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Life. This comparison was become proverbial for something very excellent. Immoderate. Hebrew, "perverse. "(Calmet) Evil discourse kills the souls both of those who speak, and of those who pay attention to it. (Haydock)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
“Sanity of tongue is the tree of life.” The tongue which does not sin by speaking makes use of sanity: indeed the illness of the tongue is its sin. The one who can check his tongue and does not sin with it is filled with the Holy Spirit. Commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon, Fragment

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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