Proverbs Is The Best Source Of Wisdom
7/1/2014 by BY MARGARET BOGUE
Ready for some words of wisdom? History and tradition have passed down many wise sayings. The book of Proverbs in the Bible is the best single source of wisdom. Almost all of it was written by Solomon, who was given wisdom from God. Usually the verses are short, dealing with one subject. The two themes of Proverbs are wisdom and folly. Wisdom is a life in reverence to God. Folly is everything opposite. The book of Proverb deals with many subjects. This report will concentrate on some thoughts about wisdom in speech. Ready? Let’s begin:
1. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” 18:21
The greatest good and greatest harm are in the power of the tongue. Often we reap the consequences of what we say. Words can come back to bless us or haunt us.
2. “He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets. There for do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.” 20:19
Warning: Have nothing to do with a talebearer who spreads harmful gossip. Don’t listen to or confide in a gossiper.
3. “Where there is no wood the fire goes out. Where there is no talebearer strife ceases.” 26:20
A gossiper likes to keep tales alive.
4. “Be not a witness against they neighbor without a cause, and deceive not with they lips.” 24:28
Speak to truth. Do not try to destroy someone with words or seek revenge.
5. “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop, but a good word makes it glad.” 12:25
Words of encouragement, comfort and cheer helps to lift the depressed person.
6. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are his delight.” 12:22
Proverbs 6:6-19 lists seven things God hates. Three of them pertain to speech – a lying tongue, a false witness, and one who sows discord among his brethren.
7. “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer, but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.” 15:28
Think before speaking. A wise person waits for the right use of words. Fools blurt it out without thinking.
Time to thank the good folks who have given memorials. Pamela West gave for Hazel Bloxom; Dr. and Mrs. Halbert gave for Dr. Jim Sealy; Sally Davis gave for Katie Hammond; Janice Howard and friends, Kenny and Melissa Satterwhite and children gave for Katie Hammon, Cody and Rosemary Thompson gave for Elizabeth Hill; Bill and Joy Bowers gave for Cathy Hartless; Jane Moore gave for Cathy Hartless; Cody and Rosemary Thompson gave for Tracy Moore, Billy Turner and Jim Sealy; Charlsie Thompson gave for Tracy Moore, Billy Turner and Jim Sealy.
Sincere thanks to all who gave. an excellent way to honor a friend or loved one is with a memorial to the library. All donations are used to improve the library.
Only seven proverbs on speech have been quoted in this report. Many topics are covered among which are work, self control, kindness, wealth, laziness, pride and anger. The proverbs deal with how we live. They are as up-to-date today as they were almost 3,000 years ago, when Solomon wrote them. It’s a great book to read.
Closing Thought – “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches. Having favor rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1