Another word to the wise

Proverbs 15--1

The Verse of the Day for June 3, 2016 comes from Proverbs 15:1 in the Holman Standard Christian Bible, but I would like to add verse two and look at the rendering of these words of wisdom in the Amplified Bible as well:

Proverbs 15:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible:

A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness

Proverbs 15:1-2 (AMP):

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath,
but harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger.
The tongue of the wise speaks knowledge that is pleasing and acceptable,
but the [babbling] mouth of fools spouts folly

This passage provides a striking contrast between the words of those who are wise in contrast to the words of those identified as fools. As we observe these two different views, the Word of God becomes a mirror that we look into and observe ourselves and note our behavior, as we recognize the truth of this poetic expression:

No word of God is void of power

Every word is true

Each of us decides in thought, word, and deed

What word applies to me

What word applies to you.

I recall posting a series entitled “Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise.” The entries were reflective comments on wisdom as revealed in the Book of Proverbs. From this bountiful resource we can apply the principles of wisdom, as each day abounds with opportunities to learn and grow in our relationship with God, our Father, and others.

A most valuable lesson that we can learn relates to using wisdom in terms of the words that we speak. This poem mentions wisdom in the context of the Spirit of Wisdom:

The Power of the Tongue

But the tongue can no man tame;

it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison

James 3:8

We know the tongue has power to generate life,

To produce seeds that will eventually take root

And will bring forth two very different kinds of fruit:

Love, joy and peace or envy, confusion and strife

Can build or destroy a brother, a friend, a wife.

With his hand, the helmsman easily turns great ships,

So we covenant to guard the gates of our lips,

For words can heal or pierce the heart as a sharp knife.

We desire life and long to see good all our days,

So we speak the truth and refrain from speaking lies.

Like Jesus, we want our tongue to speak what God says.

We seek to be wise but never in our own eyes.

Pressing toward the finish, the coming of God’s kingdom,

We seek not just a word but the Spirit of wisdom.

We conclude with this musical offering “The Way of Wisdom” by Michael Card

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