Colin Jones continues the mini series in Proverbs
Proverbs 18:4-21 “The Tongue”
Sermon Bible Passage
The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.
The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.
The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:4-12 NIV