Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Many proverbs describe the power of our words for good and for ill. This verse highlights the good effects our words can have if we choose them carefully in order to benefit others.
“The Israelites saw honey as a healthy food as well as a sweetener. Any comparison to it would connote positive, healthful effects” (Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible, note on Proverbs 16:24).
For more about our words, see the section on “The Joys and Challenges of Communication.”