Home » On Proverbs » Weigh your heart and words. – On Proverbs 10:19-21

Weigh your heart and words. – On Proverbs 10:19-21

Words have inherent importance. We use them to instruct and encourage, but alsot to rip into people and spew vitriol. What we say affects everyone around us.

Picture this, an interviewer asks a philosopher to share the best way to life a full life. The philosopher says, “A complete repentance from our sins and turning to Jesus Christ as Saviour and King is the best way to have a life to the full. Any other option is denying the power of God in your life.” The whole audience is either railing at him or staring with their mouths hanging open. Words matter.

Words can be used for good or bad. Let’s look at three proverbs that are on the theme of words.

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19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”

We all like to chat a lot with friends and family for sure, but something about talking at a mile-a-minute is dangerous and can end with us saying bad things about people or God.

The proverb says we need to hold our tongue, measure how we talk, and chew on our thoughts before we vocalise them. When I do this sometimes I find I don’t have much to say after all.

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Have you ever weighed your heart and the worth of the words that come out? Solomon does that in verse 20 and his verdict of the wicked man’s heart is grave indeed.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.”

This is a hard saying to take. I have a feeling this one would be a difficult one to “copy ‘n’ paste” to Facebook without explaining why the Bible’s language of the righteous/wicked is like this. The righteous man has been given a new heart. He treats everything that he says with care and therefore his words are worthwhile in the view of God. The wicked is bad at heart. His thoughts are without merit because they are from a mind that rejects the goodness of God. He cannot think of good things to say without being completely out of character. That’s not to assume he can’t say nice-sounding words, but they’re of little value on the wisdom metre.

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21 The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.”

The righteous have words of worth. They might have to guard their tongues, but if they speak with wisdom, they could have a positive influence on others! Words of life come from God, and a man who is after His heart (like King David was) will want to speak what he is reading in the Bible and memorising in his heart. God’s words have power; anyone who has taught young children from the Bible will know that.

The fool has no word of God in his heart to proclaim. He doesn’t believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word from God. He has a dying heart from his rejection of God and inability to receive and retain anything good. The man without God’s intervention is a lost sheep. He will wander aimlessly in defiance, not able to eat of the sustaining food that he needs. Are you a giver of life through God-given words, or are you unable to even sustain yourself? Please, I beg that you deeply consider what your life amounts to and whether you have submitted to your Creator and Sustainer, God, through Jesus Christ. 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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