Words about wise speech (and wise silence) from Proverbs 10

“The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.” (10:8)

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” (10:11)

“On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.” (10:13)

“The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.” (10:14)

“The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.” (10:18)

“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” (10:19)

“The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.” (10:20)

“The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.” (10:21)

“The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.” (10:31)

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.” (10:32)


Conclusion: It appears that the wise person always leans toward not speaking, but listening – to God’s Word, to wise counselors, to the person talking to him. Inwardly, he or she is thoughtfully, humbly, prayerfully considering what is being said. When this person finally does speak, the words that come forth are valuable, nourishing, gracious, life-giving, helpful. Jesus is, of course, the ultimate example of this. I am nothing like this, but want very much to be, and am praying to that end.


About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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One Response to Words about wise speech (and wise silence) from Proverbs 10

  1. Connie Ramsey says:

    Oh, to have the righteous tongue of choice silver! I also pray that Holy Spirit forever reminds me of this – that I would only bring glory to the name of the Lord. My prayer is that I not limit God’s work in me by putting Him in a box; whereby, not quenching His Spirit in my life, in my SS class nor in my church body. Thank you, Pastor, for this great reminder!

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