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Proverbs 10

In Chapter 10 Solomon begins verse by verse, contrasting wisdom and

foolishness, touching on several themes.

Today we’re going to look at the verses that give insight about our words.

Verses 13 & 21 both speak of a fool being punished for lack of judgement.

We need correct judgement, or discernment, to be wise about:

whether we should speak,

when to speak,

what we say,

and how much we should say.

In verses 6, 11, 31, & 32 we see that the wise speak life and blessing; they speak

what is appropriate and wise. But the words of the wicked are overwhelmed with

violence and perversity.

Verse 8 brings to mind a child receiving a command from a parent. The wise in

heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. An obedient heart

accepts the command, but a disobedient heart talks back, muttering under his

breath - a chattering fool.

A chattering fool, mentioned again in verse 10, can also be one who talks

constantly without consideration for others or one who incessantly gives their


Gossip begins sometimes simply from not knowing when to stop talking! Verse

18 & 19, ...whoever spreads slander is a fool. When words are many, sin is not

absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Verse 14, Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. It is

possible to have knowledge without needing to make sure that everyone around

us knows that we know something! Instead of being a know-it-all, sometimes we

should just “store up” knowledge.

Lord, help us to watch our words! I pray that you give us the discernment we need today to be wise with our words. Amen.

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