(A simple series highlighting verses from each chapter of the book of Proverbs)
If you have been foolish by exalting yourself or if you’ve been scheming, put your hand over your mouth. For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife. (Proverbs 30:32-33 HCSB)
A bloody nose doesn’t come because you said, “Good Morning. Have a nice day!”
It’s usually the result of something like a crazy sports fan who doesn’t know how to enjoy the game and stirs it up with their comments. Their tongue led to bloodletting.
I’ve never literally had a bloody nose. But I have stirred it up with my tongue. Words may not draw literal blood, but they surely can create strife. Apparently Solomon knew this. That’s why the verse reads, “...put your hand over your mouth.” Maybe another way of saying it is, “Stop the bleeding. Keep your mouth shut.“