1. Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. … Read More

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I. THE FOLLY OF HASTE IN DEBATE . ( Proverbs 18:17 .) “One tale is good till another be told.” This saw holds good of private life, of lawsuits, of controversies in philosophy and theology. Audi alteram, partem, ” Listen to both sides.” This is the duty of the judge, or of him who for the time being plays the judicial part. If we are parties in a debate or a suit, then nothing will hold good except to have the “conscience void of offence.” … Read More

2. Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen…. Read More

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With this chapter the second part of the letter begins. In Ephesians 1:1-23 ; Ephesians 2:1-22 ; Ephesians 3:1-21 Paul has dealt with the great and eternal truths of the Christian faith, and with the function of the Church in the plan of God. Now he begins to sketch what each member of the Church must be if the Church is to carry out her part in that plan. … Read More

3. Proverbs 12:18

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. … Read More

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1 . Envious greed. ( Proverbs 12:12 .) The wicked desires the “takings” of the evil. It is a general description of greedy strife and competition, one man trying to forestall another in the bargain, or to profit at the expense of his loss; a mutually destructive process, a grinding of egoistic passions against one another, so that there can be no mutual confidence nor peace ( Isaiah 48:22 ; Isaiah 57:21 ). The hard selfishness of business life, which may be worse than war, which elicits gen… Read More

4. Matthew 12:36

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken…. Read More

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In Matthew 12:1-50 we read the history of a series of crucial events in the life of Jesus. In every man’s life there are decisive moments, times and events on which the whole of his life hinges. This chapter presents us with the story of such a period in the life of Jesus. In it we see the orthodox Jewish religious leaders of the day coming to their final decision regarding Jesus–and that was rejection. It was not only rejection in the sense that they would have nothing to do with him; it was … Read More

5. Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. … Read More

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A soft answer turneth away wrath . Two things are here to be observed: an answer should be given—the injured person should not wrap himself in sullen silence; and that answer should be gentle and conciliatory. This is tersely put in a mediaeval rhyme— … Read More

6. Proverbs 16:24

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. … Read More

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We see the moral order of God revealed in the character and life of men in various ways. Their conduct has a good or evil effect on themselves, on their fellows, and is exposed to Divine judgment. Let us take these in their order. … Read More

7. Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart…. Read More

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The point of this passage is that the word of God has come to men and is such that it cannot be disregarded. The Jews always had a very special idea about words. Once a word was spoken, it had an independent existence. It was not only a sound with a certain meaning; it was a power which went forth and did things. Isaiah heard God say that the word which went out of his mouth would never be ineffective; it would always do that which he designed it to do. … Read More

8. Proverbs 21:23

Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. … Read More

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I. IT IS AN ARDENT ENTHUSIASTIC LIFE . ( Proverbs 21:21 .) Literally, he who hunts after justice and love will find life, righteousness, and honour. So in other figures—of hungering and thirsting, of digging eagerly for hid treasures, etc.—the earnest enthusiasm of the true life is depicted. … Read More

9. Proverbs 15:4

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. … Read More

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I. MILDNESS AND VIOLENCE . ( Proverbs 15:1 .) The soft answer is like the water which quenches, and the bitter retort, the “grievous words,” like the oil which increases the conflagration of wrath. As scriptural examples of the former, may be mentioned Jacob with Esau ( Genesis 32:1-32 , Genesis 33:1-20 ), Aaron with Moses (Le Proverbs 10:16-20 ), the Reubenites with their brethren ( Joshua 22:15-34 ), Gideon with the men of Ephraim ( 8:1-3 ), David with Saul ( 1 Samuel 24:9-21 ), Abigail… Read More

10. Proverbs 13:3

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. … Read More

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We have the positive and negative, the happy and the sorrowful aspects of the subject brought into view. … Read More