Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 29, 2016

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 10:17-32.

“17 He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
18 He who conceals hatred has lying lips,
And he who spreads slander is a fool.
19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of understanding.
22 It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,
And He adds no sorrow to it.
23 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,
And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
24 What the wicked fears will come upon him,
But the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,
But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So is the lazy one to those who send him.
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs life,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous is gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright,
But ruin to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous will never be shaken,
But the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.”  Proverbs 10:17-32.

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“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  Proverbs 31:30.

We tend to praise the lips of the beautiful, rather we should praise the production of the lips of the righteous.

“The lips of the righteous feed many, …”  Verse 21.

“The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, …”  Verse 32.

“The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, …”  Verse 31.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”  Proverbs 10:11.


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