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Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation;
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
And bend their bows to shoot their arrowsbitter words,

They encourage themselves in an evil matter;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
They say, “Who will see them?”

But God shall shoot at them with an arrow;
Suddenly they shall be wounded.
So He will make them stumble over their own tongue;
All who see them shall flee away.
(excerpts from Psalm 64)

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Those who say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” are underestimating the power of the words… for the Bible calls the tongue a “sword” and (negative) words  “arrows”, and they do have the power of life and death.

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