Monday, November 07, 2005

Insert Foot

“When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.”

(Proverbs 10:19 NASB)

The writer of Proverbs makes an acute observation. Wisdom is demonstrated by the restraining of the lips and the guarding of the mouth. One with knowledge possesses information about something, but one with wisdom actually has the ability to make effective use of that information in their daily life. There are many who possess great knowledge about the ways of God, unfortunately there aren’t quite as many who possess the corresponding wisdom and are able to make effectual use of that knowledge. Wisdom is the necessary component outlined in this verse. No doubt, Solomon is speaking from personal experience and observation. He has seen the propensity within humans to fill silence with a multitude of words. His concluding observation is simply this – where there are many words, sin will also exist in unquenchable measures. He said, “transgression is unavoidable.” This phrase could have also been translated, “transgression is unstoppable.”

Meditate on the following thoughts and quotes:

“He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”
(Proverbs 13:3 NIV)
“A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.”
(Proverbs 26:28 NIV)

He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.”

(Proverbs 18:13)

“He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.”

(Proverbs 17:20)

“An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.”

(Proverbs 17:4)

q Does your foot spend more time in your mouth or in your shoe?

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