Pathways Through Proverbs
November 18, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 18
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- Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
- A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
- When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
- The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
- It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
- A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
- A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
- The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
- He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
- The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
- The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
- Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
- He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
- The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
- The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
- A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
- He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
- The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
- A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
- A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
- Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
- The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
- A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
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Solomon writess in this verse about the powerful nature of a man's tongue. We sometimes forget that the things that we say and the words that we use can have a tremendous impact on others. In fact, the Bible says that they contain the power of life and death. They can build people up, bring them spiritual refreshment, and offer eternal life to them. Or, they can be used to destroy or discourage, and ultimately lead a soul to Hell.
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We need to consider what we say to others. If someone is in error, do we use our words to bring them back into a right relationship with God, or do we speak harshly in such a way as to push them away? When we encounter an unbeliever, do we use our words to bring that man to salvation, or does our speech assist him in his rejection of the Lord? Is our speech kind, or vicious? Do we uplift others or gossip about them? Since we posses the power of life and death on our lips, we had better consider carefully everything we say.
Solomon concludes this verse by stating that the way I use my tongue will determine how others speak of me. If I am nasty to others, people will be nasty to me. If I encourage the downtrodden, others will be there to offer me words of support in my times of difficulty. If I choose not to be a backbiter, others will not gossip about me behind my back. I will eat the fruit that my speech has produced, so I want to produce fruit that is sweet, nutritious, and easy to be swallowed.
What you say impacts others as well as yourself. Choose your words wisely.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery