Last night at GFC we read the Scriptures publicly (like we aim to do at all our meetings). We’ve been reading through the book of Proverbs one chapter at a time at our prayer meetings. This week we found ourselves in Proverbs 18.
When Stacey and I got home we spent some time looking at a few of these proverbs again. I was really challenged to think about the tongue again. The Scriptures pull no punches when making statements about how we speak, how it affects others, how it reflects our heart, and how we will be held accountable for our words.
Here’s a little collection of proverbs (just from Proverbs 18) on the tongue. Note both the negative and the positive results you can reap from simply speaking. I hope it helps you to carefully consider how to use your tongue today.
- A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
- The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
- A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.
- A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
- The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
- If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
- An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
- The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
- A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarrelling is like the bars of a castle.
- From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
- The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.