Bees create both honey and the honeycomb wax from nectar. They’re both “sweet” to the taste and have both been touted for their “healing” properties, in antiquity and today.
“Gracious” — pleasant, delightful, even beautiful — “words” can also have a powerful positive impact on body (“bones”) and “soul.”
Hopefully, we all know the feeling of having our souls sweetened by the pleasant and sincere words of another. And, today, scientific research can even offer empirical data indicating the physically healthful benefits these same words can have on our bodies.
This proverb’s a great reminder. It probably is a good idea to eat some honey for our health. But we better not eat too much (see 25:16)!
We should also pass along some “gracious words.” They’ll make someone feel even better than honey does!
And I’ll bet it’ll make us feel pretty good, too!