Home » On Proverbs » Words, signals, and choices – On Proverbs 10:10-12

Words, signals, and choices – On Proverbs 10:10-12

Not everyone who winks means well. Winking is a form of communication that isn’t verbal but rather is an easy signal that can be recognised from afar. Part of this next saying is talking about people who are always making non-verbal communique and doing it out of trickery.

10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall.”

We do use a lot of non-verbal signals when we talk in Australia, and while I’m sure we aren’t doing it as troublemakers most of the time, winking and other signals in our society can be very sly and can send bad messages. Thought much about wolf-whistling? It’s a highly disrespectful signal of “appreciation” and it is shameful that it gets used here. (Check out Proverbs 6:12-15 for a more detailed account of a man like this.) The second half of the saying is a repetition of the end of verse eight and the message is the same; those who have loose tongues will be brought low because of their indiscretion and rebellious attitude.

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The things that come out of your mouth reflect what type of thinker you are. If you are one who is reliant on God and are continually dwelling on His Word and living in His grace, your words will be good and wise. If you reject God and run life your way (and people better not even dare to tell you your doing it wrong), the words that come out will be selfish and insolent.

 “11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”

The first picture here is one who is of God tells everyone about Him! Come to God, they call, for He is your Creator and Sustainer! The second picture shows an angry and violent mute! Anything they try to say comes through the heavy veil of violence and that circumstance is entirely of their own doing.

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12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”

Choices, choices. They affect us. Say your sibling does the unthinkable and deeply hurts you emotionally. Do you choose to get enraged and bitterly quarrel with them and hate them for their actions? Do you choose to swallow your own pride and turn the other cheek and love them unconditionally, despite how they hurt you?

One choice raises both of your hackles and there is fighting and disunity in the household. The other is a far better option, where you pass over the wrong done to you and embrace your sibling, or parent, or friend in forgiveness. What sounds better to you? I know what option appeals to me. Your choice. Amen.

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Thoughts or questions? Write them down in the comment section below!

 Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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