Abba Poemen on Scorpions in the Heart

“See this empty jar. If someone were to fill it with serpents, lizards, and scorpions and then leave the lid sealed and abandon it, all these reptiles-aren’t they going to die there? And if you open the jar, won’t all the creatures get out and sting people? And so, it’s the same for a man: if he watches his tongue and shuts his mouth, all the creatures die inside. But if he works his tongue and speaks, the venomous creatures will come out and sting his brother…” 

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