Speech is the vitality of the human, and that vitality comes from [God], blessed be He. 1 Thus when a person utters “good speech,” that speech ascends on high and stirs the Supernal “Speech.” This, in turn, effects that further vitality emanates to him from on high. 2.

If, however, a person speaks something that is bad, the vital force has departed from him and will not ascend. Thus it is likely that his total vitality may cease from him altogether. This is indicated by the vernacular expression “er hot oys-geredt-he has spoken [it] out.” 3