Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Walking In Wisdom – Wisdom in Speech

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Week Two – Day 3 – Wednesday, January 25, 2017wk02d03

Read PROVERBS 12:17-22 SOAP Proverbs 12:22

PROVERBS 12:17-22 17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. 21 No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

What is the result of a person’s life who chooses to speak truth?

O – Every verse has a “but” in it today! The author of Proverbs is comparing the wise/truthful to the unwise/liars. What does he have to say?

• Speaking the truth – giving honest evidence, telling what is right
• Tongue of the wise – brings healing,
• Truthful lips – endure forever, “established forever”
• Those who plan peace – have joy, “Counselors of peace….”
• The Righteous – no ill befalls them, no harm
• Those who act faithfully – are the Lord’s delight, those who “deal faithfully”

• False witness – utters deceit, EVEN in court!
• Rash words – are like sword thrusts
• Lying tongue – lasts but for a moment, is “credited” only for a moment!
• Those who devise evil – deceit is in their hearts
• The wicked – are filled with trouble
• Lying lips – are an abomination to the Lord, extremely disgusting

Looking at these contrasts, it is sad to think of what words can do. They “thrust” like a sword, piercing the spirit. They are only thought of (seriously, or taken seriously) for a moment, even though the damage can be a lifetime. They are an abomination to the Lord – He HATES them! And – the root is in the heart – those words take root there – and spew out.

However, the opposite is true for words that are true, honest, and edifying. They are honest, giving healing to the souls of those who hear them. They endure. TRUTH endures forever! They bring joy – but more importantly, they DELIGHT the Lord. I love the idea of being a “counselor of peace” to bring healing and rest to the souls of those who hear words of truth!

A – What kind of words am I known for? Are my words true, honest AND edifying? Even if my words are true and honest, are they spoken in a way that is edifying, not hurtful? Can I be SO honest that my words are cutting? I hope not. Do my words bring healing – and comfort? Are they TRUE? I do NOT want to be known for careless, cutting words, or words that are from a lying tongue, or even an “exaggerated” tongue!

P – Oh, Lord, search my heart, and rid it of those words and thoughts that are not pleasing to You. May my words not be “half-pleasing” , but a delight to You today. Father, may the words of my mouth be pleasing to You. May the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You. Father, may I live that verse from Philippians 4:8, living whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, may I think about these things. Work in my heart today, cleansing out those words that are an abomination to You. Replace them with Your thoughts, Your love, Your words to those I encounter today. Amen.

Let the Words of my Mouth – (Fernando Ortega) –

Let the words of my mouth
Be pleasing to You, pleasing to You
The meditation of my heart
Be pleasing to you, pleasing to You
Oh Lord, my strength
And my Redeemer

Whatever is true
Whatever is pure
Whatever is lovely
Whatever is worthy
Think on these things
Think on these things

Let the words of my mouth
Be pleasing to You
Pleasing to You

Study Notes: (lumina and Strong’s)
tn The text has “he pours out faithfully”; the word rendered “faithfully” or “reliably” ( ’emunah) is used frequently for giving testimony in court, and so here the subject matter is the reliable witness.
tn Heb “righteousness.”
tn Heb “witness of falsehoods.” The genitive noun functions attributively, and the plural form depicts habitual action or moral characteristic. This describes a person who habitually lies. A false witness cannot be counted on to help the cause of justice.
tn The term (boteh) means “to speak rashly [or, thoughtlessly]” (e.g., Lev 5:4; Num 30:7).
sn Healing is a metonymy of effect. Healing words are the opposite of the cutting, irresponsible words. What the wise say is faithful and true, gentle and kind, uplifting and encouraging; so their words bring healing.
tn Heb “while I would twinkle.” This expression is an idiom meaning “only for a moment.” The twinkling of the eye, the slightest movement, signals the brevity of the life of a lie (hyperbole). But truth will be established (תִּכּוֹן, tikon), that is, be made firm and endure.
sn The contrast here is between “evil” (= pain and calamity) and “peace” (= social wholeness and well-being); see, e.g., Pss 34:14 and 37:37.
tn Heb “those who are counselors of peace.” The term (shalom, “peace”) is an objective genitive, so the genitive-construct “counselors of peace” means those who advise, advocate or promote peace (cf. NAB, NIV).
tn Heb “is not allowed to meet to the righteous.”
tn Heb “all calamity.” The proper nuance of אָוֶן (’aven) is debated. It is normally understood metonymically (effect) as “harm; trouble,” that is, the result/effect of wickedness (e.g., Gen 50:20). Rashi, a Jewish scholar who lived a.d. 1040-1105, took it as “wickedness,” its primary meaning; “the righteous will not be caught up in wickedness.”
tn The expression רָע מָלְאוּ (malÿ’u ra’, “to be full of evil”) means (1) the wicked do much evil or (2) the wicked experience much calamity (cf. NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).
tn Heb “but doers of truthfulness.” The term “truthfulness” is an objective genitive, meaning: “those who practice truth” or “those who act in good faith.” Their words and works are reliable.
sn The contrast between “delight/pleasure” and “abomination” is emphatic. What pleases the Lord is acting truthfully or faithfully.


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