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The Profoundness of Kindness

Proverbs 16:24

I find myself warmed by reading how the different Bible translators have phrased the wisdom in this verse from Proverbs.

The Good News Translation says it this way: "Kind words are like honey—sweet to the taste and good for your health."

The International Childrens Bible says: "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb. They make a person happy and healthy"

The Passion Translation uses these words: "Nothing is more appealing than speaking beautiful, life-giving words. For they release sweetness to our souls and inner healing to our spirits."

I have added other translations below, but the point, of course is that saying and doing kindness helps others and helps you yourself. The message of our Care and Kindness campaign is to intentionally do acts of kindness. And . . . one way of doing that is with words.

Greet people cheerfully. Offer encouragement. Share other people's joys (rather than envying them!) Compliment people on how they look, or on something they have done, letting them know that you 'noticed' them.

Kind words are like honey—enjoyable and healthful. TLB

Kind words are like honey; they are easy to accept and good for your health. ERV

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. ESV

Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and medicine to the bones. JUB

Gracious speech is like clover honey— good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body. MSG


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