Explore the Bible
March 23, 2014
Charles A. Collins
Proverbs 17:27-28; 21:23; 18:19-21; 11:13; 26:20-24; 10:18-19; 12:17-19; 25:11-13; 31:8-9
Proverbs deals with a multitude of subjects that apply wisdom to life. There are about 20 verses in this lesson, listed above. Each one deals with a common theme – the spoken word. Each one has a message to be applied to life.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech. This is considered a fundamental right of all, the right to say out loud what is on one’s mind and heart. No one has a right to take that away.
Words are either positive or negative. They are not neutral. They are constructive or destructive. These verses help us to understand how to use words in the most effective way possible.
There are many results of positive words. A wise man will be selective in his words (Prov. 17:27). The absence of words is good because Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.”
Proverbs 21:23 (KJV) says, “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” The same word used here for “keepeth” is used 470 times in the Old Testament. The first time it is used is in Genesis 2:15 for Adam to keep the garden with great care. It is the same word used in 2 Kings 22:14 to distinguish someone as the “keeper of the (priestly) wardrobe.”
The opposite can also be true. Words can also be destructive. In Proverbs 18:21, there is either death or life from words. Proper words produce a peaceful situation and reduce or eliminate strife (Prov. 26:20). They can be full of love or full of hate (Prov. 26:24).
Solomon’s father, King David, said this in Psalm 19:14 (KJV): “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
It would appear that Solomon learned a lot from his father. It is my desire that we learn from both son and father by applying their words to our lives as well.