June 17: Proverbs 25-26
11 A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the soul of his masters.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
28 A man without self-control
is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Proverbs 25:11-13, 15, 23-24 & 28
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips
and harbors deceit in his heart;
25 when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
for there are seven abominations in his heart;
28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 26:20-25 & 28
Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11, King James Version
I love the King James translation of Proverbs 25:11. A word fitly spoken--how hard can that be?
Here is what James had to say about the tongue:
5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
James 3:5-6 & 8-10, King James Version
Look at the examples given (both good and bad) by Solomon in the passages shown above.
*With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
*It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
*A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
*As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
*A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
The ability that God gives to us (being able to communicate through speech) comes with both blessings and curses. If no man can tame the tongue, what are we to do?
No man can tame the tongue, but Christ can! Go to Christ; cry out to Him to help you tame the most unruly member of your body--the tongue. Ask Him to make you a channel of blessing today for His glory in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
God Bless You,
Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.