7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
Though the fool may take great pains to maintain appearances, he betrays himself with his words. He cannot help but expose his foolishness, it is obvious in his boasts and palpable in his humor. While he thinks he deceives others, he traps himself in his own lies. He speaks without forethought, oblivious to the offence he triggers. It is said that “loose lips sink ships,” the fool sabotages himself in his babbling.
“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.” While the fool exposes himself, the gossip loves to expose others. His slander is like sweets, hard to pass up but bad for your health. He gives rise to the worst parts of the heart, inspiring envy and hatred and all kinds of resentment. Don’t take part in his gossip! Don’t listen to his whispers! True or not, they harm everyone involved. Keep your speech honest and wholesome, because it impacts the quality of your life.