Happy Monday to you!
We are in the 18th day of our study of the book of Proverbs. If you have joined me in this undertaking, then I know you are growing tremendously. Each chapter of Proverbs is filled with life-giving insight. The more I meditate on the verses, the more I am challenged to live righteously. One of the major themes that I have found in the first 18 chapters is the importance of using our speech wisely. Rather than give my own explanation of the verses, I am going to share with you the exact scriptures. There are many more verses throughout the Bible that teach us what to say and when to speak. However, since we are studying the book of Proverbs this month, I only included verses from the first 18 chapters. As we continue to study the word of God, I am certain that we will become wiser in our communications with other people. With that said, here are the verses:
Bible Study on the Appropriate Use of Words, Speech, & Language
One who spares words is knowledgeable;
one who is cool in spirit has understanding.
Even fools who keep silent are considered wise;
when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent.
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!
The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.
Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives; those who open wide their lips come to ruin.
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness speaks deceitfully.
Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Whoever belittles another lacks sense, but an intelligent person remains silent.
A gossip goes about telling secrets, but one who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a confidence.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, the mind of the wicked is of little worth.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.