Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tongue of the Wise

June 7: Proverbs 13-15

3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Proverbs 13:3

3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,
but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
Proverbs 14:3

1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.

23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,
but gracious words are pure.
Proverbs 15:1-2, 7, 23 & 26

Tongue of the Wise

The book of Proverbs contains so many nuggets of wisdom that it takes a lifetime to absorb them all. Each day, I will choose one theme brought out in the daily chapters for us to meditate upon. Perhaps because I seem to have so much difficulty keeping my "foot out of my mouth" so to speak, I picked up on the references to the tongue in Proverbs 13-15. As I read them, I thought of these verses from the book of James.

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.

James 3:5-6, KJV

Look at the contrast between the good and bad use of the tongue from Proverbs.

Good:
*Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life.
*The lips of the wise will preserve them.
*A soft answer turns away wrath.
*The tongue of the wise commends knowledge.
*The lips of the wise spread knowledge.
*To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!
*Gracious words are pure.

Bad:
*He who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
*By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back.
*A harsh word stirs up anger.
*The mouths of fools pour out folly.
*The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord.

Pray today that God would grant you the tongue of the wise and that He would give you pure and gracious words.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11, KJV

God Bless You,
Linda

Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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