FRESH READ is on a mini-sabbatical with the purpose to read the biblical Wisdom Literature, mainly Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes, and short passages scattered through the OT and NT.
Today i am thinking about this proverb
A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Have you noticed that the presentation of an idea is about as important as the idea itself? that a good idea poorly stated, or rudely, or crassly, will have little effect. But a good word spoken beautifully, clearly and simply can have more effect.
The beatitudes of Jesus show just such thought to content and pleasing form.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.