An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mouth Off, Not Mouthing Off

(Proverbs 21:23 KJV)  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

The wise man “keepeth” an eye on (guards NASB) (8104) what he says. 

Somewhere out there is a list of the different issues touched on in Proverbs and how often each is addressed.  If not, I will probably do one myself but I am too lazy to go looking right now.  This must be one of the more frequent topics:  The “mouth” (6310), or as the book of James terms it, the “tongue” (Hebrew 3956/Greek 1100).

Frequency means something.  When you look up a word in a concordance and find it is very frequent, that should say something to you.  Too often it says irritation and defensiveness.  Usually it should say care and attentiveness.  I know your wife is always nagging you about something.  In our foolishness we get our dander up and belligerently refuse to change.  We should be listening and arranging our lives to change. 

Which is wise?  Which is easy?

So?  I never said it would be easy but it is the path of righteousness.  How about a change of pace today? 

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