Pondering Proverbs

Today I wish to begin what I hope to be a fairly regular part of this blog, “Pondering Proverbs”.    These will be short posts focusing on just  one or two verses in Proverbs.  What would make this useful and interesting would be if others would post comments so that we could interact with one another.   Please read and enjoy.

There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword:

But the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 12: 18

We all know that the tongue can be a dangerous weapon.   This proverb notes that some people use their tongue like a sword.  When they open their mouth people are wounded.   Sometimes this is intentional and rooted in anger, bitterness, or hatred.    However, it is often rooted in selfishness as well.   Self centered people use words to build themselves up but cutting other people down.   This is as natural to the sinful fallen nature as learning to walk and children may be observed doing so very early.

The piercing tongue is placed in contrast with this other kind of tongue, that which brings health, or possibly that which heals where swords have pierced.   We all enjoy being close to these people because they don’t make us feel threatened, attacked, or hurt in anyway.   Just the opposite is true, they make us feel better.   They are positive, uplifting, and edifying.    They direct attention away from themselves and toward God and others.   This is a wise person and a Christ like person.   Strive to be that person.




4 thoughts on “Pondering Proverbs

  1. I like this idea with proverbs. Will help as I read Proverbs. With breaking this down i think its noting we can be very strong when we speak so make sure its all words of the lord when we speak. Maybe the saying ” the kindest word is the unkind word left unsaid.” Could be true in many ways. Also cutting down people doesnt always have to be a bad. If we cut a fellow brother or sister in Christ down because they are not walking the path of the lord can be very helpful to them. I know it has been for me. I actually want people to help cut me down because I have a pride issue.

  2. Ohh the tongue!!! I was just reading verses about this a few weeks ago but Found them in James. 

    “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (James 3:1, 2, 5, 6 NIV)

    With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. (James 3:9-12 NIV)”

    …There is no need to point out that I have been Guilty of this especially when someone I trust hurts me or mine!! My mouth runs faster than oxygen running through my head and before I realize, a legion of words have left my mouth in anger and once they leave there is no turning back!! 
    I have asked myself …How do you don’t hurt back when they have hurt you deeply?! Where do you find the strength to NOT fight back, when you are tired of being stepped on over and over by people who you trusted for soooo long!! The questions kept coming and so do reason to excuse my actions, How?! Why?! But why?!….etc etc…As humans it is easy for us to excuse our poor conduct, and we rather go miles on finding excuses for our behavior, yet we all know that we were wrong!!
    You don’t fix something by dirtying it with anger. You don’t pay back with the same actions , otherwise, what makes you different than them when you have done the same…

    …I am so far from perfect, so close to wrong!!! 

  3. Shea,
    Good points you make. Yes, people may feel hurt by our words when we are trying to help them. A wise person will do his best to correct or rebuke a friend with the least amount of hurt. Galatians 6:1,2 says that we should confront a person about a sin only after considering ourselves.

  4. Patty,
    I appreciate your words. It sounds like you’re experienced on this topic. As James says, if any person can control the tongue, he can control the whole body. We need God’s help through the Spirit to give us victory. I think the best policy is to always confess and ask forgiveness when we blow it with our words, And we all do!

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