Irenicum, to the lovers of truth and peace heart-divisions opened in the causes and evils of them : with cautions that we may not be hurt by them, and endeavours to heal them
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646.

The first the practice of the tongue.

Gentle Language.

A Soft answer turneth away wrath, Prov. 15. 1. In your dis∣putes let your arguments be as hard as you will, but let your words be soft. Soft words & hard arguments make a good Page  286 dispute. Gentle language gains much upon the hearts of men, 1 Chron. 28. 2. Heare me my brethren, and my people, sayes Da∣vid. This was better and tended more to union between King and people, then the rugged churlish answer of Rehoboam, My Father made your yoke heavy, and I will adde to your yoake. But what came on it? Ten tribes were rent from him. As good a man as he could say, Heare me my brethren and my people. Good words are as cheap as bad. Gentle courteous language is as easie as rough and bitter.*Napthali is said to give goodly words, sayings of goodlinesse or fairenesse; so the Hebrew hath it, that is, faire, pleasing words: this Tribe were faire spoken men. Now com∣pare this with Deut. 33. 23. there Naphtali is said to be satisfi∣ed with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord. Faire, cour∣teous language hath an acceptation among men, and the bles∣sing of God is with it.