The Proverbs offer a vision of speech as it could be, speech as God designed speech to function: affirming, honest, apt, constructive, kind, discerning speech; and speakers that consider¬†whether to speak before spewing more words. How is such speech possible? How can people like us, who use speech in ways that–even while we are saying the words–we know will cause destruction and regret, use speech to protect, encourage, comfort, and develop others more fully in the image of God?