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In Pursuit of Wisdom

Proverbs Podcasts 2020 #9

Warren E. Berkley

This is Podcast #9 in this series, derived from the book of Proverbs.

Have you ever heard this expression: “Sticks and stones may break  my bones, but words will never harm me.”

That isn’t written in the Bible. When you consider the sum total of what the Bible says about speech, oral or written – WORDS MATTER.

In Proverbs, for example, there is “the lying tongue,” in Proverbs 6:16 and Prov. 21:6.

“The mouth of fools pours out folly,” in Prov. 15:2. “Slander” in Prov. 11:13. “Harsh words that stir up anger” in Prov. 15:1. “Speech” that is “like a scorching fire” in Prov. 16:27 and then in Prov. 18:20 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

We are made in the image of God and part of that truth is – we are thinking and communicating beings. God gave to us the gift of communicating. Any gift granted to us by God, should be used in keeping with His will and His glory.

So not only in Proverbs, but everywhere in God’s revelation to man, there are warnings and instructions about pure speech; prohibitions against lying, gossip, slander, angry insults and lewd speech.

James chapter three speaks of letting God tame our tongues. When we let attitudes, maturity and good heart content be formed by God’s Word and God’s Son – that enables us to have good speech, to speak the truth in love and avoid words that harm.

Why is this so important? Jesus said, in Matt. 12:36 – “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

For a more extended study of this subject, please visit my Youtube channel that contains my class material on the book of Proverbs. Find that material at this link:

Thank You for listening.

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