Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Walking in Wisdom – Wisdom in Speech

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Week Two – Day 5 – Friday, January 27, 2017wk02d05

Read PROVERBS 31:25-26    SOAP Proverbs 31:26

PROVERBS 31:25-26 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Our words can be as valuable as jewels to those who receive them. Looking back over your week, how did you use your words? Did you build others up or tear them down?

O –  Interesting note to be “clothed with strength and dignity.”  Apparently, it was a typical Hebrew thought to be “clothed” with something.   To be clothed with strength and dignity was to be known for those qualities.  (Just as clothes immediately indicate something of the nature and circumstances of the person, so do these virtues.-  Lumina note)  The opposite is seen in Psalm 35:26 – “Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me!”

The woman who uses instruction with others correctly is also wise.  It was another interesting note to see that “loving instruction”  or “teaching of kindness” were linked together.   (The word “law” could here refer to “teaching” as it does frequently in the book of Proverbs, and the word “love,” which means “loyal, covenant love,” could have the emphasis on faithfulness, yielding the idea of “faithful teaching” to parallel “wisdom” – lumina note)

A –  Attributes of a wise woman:   having strength and dignity that can be noticed by others, being prepared, wise speech, and “teaching of kindness.”  I see a woman that is filled with grace, and dispenses the same to those around her.  But it is also important to realize the EFFECT of these qualities on others.  Is is APPARENT that I have an air of strength and dignity?

I think of some of the wise, older women that I have known, and Lois Watts comes to mind.  She was a little, tiny lady, with a huge heart.  She ALWAYS had gracious speech, was encouraging, and offers of help and hospitality were always on her tongue.  I saw her navigate her way through ear surgery that left her face partially paralyzed, her husband’s death, the onset of very frail bones, and declining health.  Yet – I could say that “strength and dignity were her clothing,” and “loving instruction was on her tongue.”  What WAS it about her that made her wise?  It was her manner and speech, backed up with the way she lived and depended on God.

I want to be a Lois.  Now that I am older, and approaching my sixties, I realize that I AM older!  Am I older, and wiser?  Am I clothed with strength and dignity – so that it is apparent to those around me?  Is it apparent that it is from the Lord??  Is “loving instruction” on my tongue?  Is my speech gracious?  Do my conversations with younger woman give instruction and encouragement lovingly?

I pray that God will guide my conversations, especially when I am teaching, or modeling the Christian walk with the younger women that I know, or in the Bible study that I am leading.  Just yesterday, it affected the conversation that I had with two younger women that I meet with regularly.  We had an incredible conversation about what it meant to become desensitized to the world around us, and letting it affect how WE lived.  We talked about how to recognize the signs of moving in an unhealthy direction, and how to get set on the right path again.  It was truly one of those heart conversations that God placed in my day.  And – having spent this week in thinking about my speech, I was also blessed to see it at work in our conversation.

One of the things that I realize that I need to be constantly aware of is the sharing of prayer requests.  This can sometimes be a source of unneeded, inaccurate, or even “gossipy” information.  This week’s study has convicted me – to the point of being so much more aware of not only MY speech, but in the sharing of prayer requests between women.  Oh – that even THOSE times would be filled with loving instruction that pleases Him!

P – Father God, I desire to be a woman like the one I read about today:  to be clothed with strength and dignity, and to have loving instruction on my tongue.  Father, clothe me today.  Speak through me.  May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You.  May my attitudes, my actions, my speech reflect Your love to all I meet today.  Live in me.  Live through me.  Work in me.  Work through me.  Amen.

Study Notes:  (Lumina, Strong’s)

Chokmah – 1) wisdom 1a) skill (in war) 1b) wisdom (in administration) 1c) shrewdness, wisdom 1d) wisdom, prudence (in religious affairs) 1e) wisdom (ethical and religious)

sn The idea of clothing and being clothed is a favorite figure in Hebrew. It makes a comparison between wearing clothes and having strength and honor. Just as clothes immediately indicate something of the nature and circumstances of the person, so do these virtues.

sn This word appears in Ps 111:3 which says that the Lord’s work is honorable, and here the woman is clothed with strength and honor.

Instruction – (towrah)  law, direction, instruction 1a) instruction, direction (human or divine)

Loving – (checed) – goodness, kindness, faithfulness

tn The Hebrew phrase תּוֹרַת־חֶסֶד (torat-khesed) is open to different interpretations. (1) The word “law” could here refer to “teaching” as it does frequently in the book of Proverbs, and the word “love,” which means “loyal, covenant love,” could have the emphasis on faithfulness, yielding the idea of “faithful teaching” to parallel “wisdom” (cf. NIV). (2) The word “love” should probably have more of the emphasis on its basic meaning of “loyal love, lovingkindness.” It also would be an attributive genitive, but its force would be that of “loving instruction” or “teaching with kindness.”


God Is Within Her, She will Not Fail –(video of Bible promises) –

God is within her, she will not fail
She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future
She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31)

God is within her, she will not fail
She is on top shouting the victory
She has peace that surpasses all understanding
She is the head and not the tail (Deut 28:13)
Above only and never beneath
She run’s this race as one who wins
Greater is He who is in her than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
The joy of the Lord is her strength
She is blessed coming in and going out

God is within her, she will not fail
Her feet are shod with the preparation of peace, therefore everywhere she goes peace follows
The Lord will fight for her and she only has to be silent
Because she seeks the Lord she lacks no good thing
She lives a life of abundance

God is within her, she will not fail
She can do all things through Christ who strengthens her
In His name she will cast out demons, heal the sick and they will recover
She is above every circumstance in life.
She is seated with Christ far above every authority (Eph 2:6).
When she declares a thing it will be established for her and light will shine on her ways (Job 22:28).
She speaks to every adverse circumstance that dare confront her today, and says, “you were defeated at the cross of Calvary”
She is more than a conqueror through Christ who always leads her in His victory (Rom 8:37, 2 Cor 2:14).

God is within her, she will not fail
God goes before her making the crooked places straight and opening doors that no man can shut
The holy spirit lives within her and directs her steps
She is strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
She walks worthy of God, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Him. (Colossians 1:11)
She is blessed because she puts her trust in God. (Psalm 2:12)
She will not conform to the pattern of the world but will be transformed by the renewing of her mind. (Romans 12:2)
The mind that is in her is the mind that is also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)

God is within her, she will not fail
She expects the favor of God to be in full manifestation in her life.
Never will she be without the favor of God.
It rests richly upon her, it profusely abounds in her.
She is experiencing God’s favor immeasurably, limitlessly, and surpassingly.
The favor of God is on her and goes before her.
(Bill Winston)

God is within her, she will not fail
No weapon formed against her can prosper (Is 54:17)
She resists the devil and he flees from her in terror (James 4:7)
She is an overcomer. Death and life are in the power of the tongue and she has chosen life (Prov 18:21)
The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in her and is energizing, motivating, empowering and equipping her for total victory (Rom 8:11).
God’s Word coming out of her mouth shall not return to her void, but it shall accomplish the purpose for which she sent it (Is 55:11).
She is persuaded beyond a doubt that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate her from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God is within her, she will not fail
Her worth is far above rubies.
He has created her fearfully and wonderfully
The Lord makes His face shine upon her, and is gracious to her; the Lord lifts up His countenance upon her, and gives her peace.
He crowns her with loving-kindness and tender mercies
God’s thoughts towards her are so precious. How great is the number of them! They are more in number than the sand. (Psalm 139:18)
God loves her with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
He will never leave her nor forsake her (Deut 31:6)
God says to her, “Child I’m always with you and everything I have is yours”


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