From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,
but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
We have all heard the expression: "I'm all ears," expressing the notion that we are attentively waiting what someone has to say. Not so with the foolish person. He/she may pretend to be listening, but really is not. No one else will tell them what to think or do. Often they are all mouth - spouting off what one will do, acting as if he or she is in charge. As found elsewhere in this book of wisdom, "in much talking is much sin." Let us set a guard on our mouths, and on our hearts from which our words flow.