The Joy of Uttering Truth

There is an old Greek saying, "Let not your tongue outrun your thought." What a wealth of wisdom lies hidden in these words! In this connection a line from one of Voltaire's plays is apropos: "You possess ... the art of holding your tongue! Ah, you have all the talents for pleasing!"

What prophet or philosopher down the years has not descanted on this theme? The Jewish and Christian Scriptures abound with exhortations to guard one's speech, but possibly the most persuasive homily on the subject is the third chapter of the General Epistle of James. This chapter, in which the apostle tenderly pleads with his brethren to tame unruly tongues, should be read by every Christian.

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