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Friday, July 8, 2016

General Fund of Common Sense

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable;
 but the mouth of the wicked speaketh forwardness.
Proverbs 10:32 KJV

The verse that we are going to be looking at today is from the KJV - I have listed it in another version just for you to be able to better understand it.

 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable:
but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
Proverbs 10:32

As I was studying this verse one day, I pulled out my Bible Commentary and I really liked what it said. In fact, I liked it so much I decided to share it here with you all:

What is acceptable: The good man consciously avoids words that might hurt or offend, because he realizes something of the suffering that is caused by words spoken carelessly or thoughtlessly as well as by malicious or mischievous words. Through the centuries the consideration has been part of the general fund of common sense. Recent studies in psychiatry reveal that the havoc wrought by the lips may, in many cases, be far greater, and the damage done much deeper, than had been suspected. Those who place themselves under the guardianship of Heaven's angels will receive strength to avoid offending in word or deed(see COL 341,342). 

Speaketh forwardness:  "Speaketh" is a supplied word. We may supply "know" as in the previous clause, or simply "is." The bad man speaks evil as unconsciously as te good man speaks good words; for in both cases the utterances of the lips spring from the heart. ( see Matt. 12:34-37),. But both also deliberately plan to speak in ways suited to their regenerate or unregenerate natures. The wicked man takes delight in tantalizing, and is careless of the harm he does. He uses perverse words in carrying out evil plans. How important it is, in view of these considerations, that every man who is striving for the mastery (1 Cor. 9:25) keep a close watch on his lips(1 Peter 3:10)!

And every man that strives for self control is temperate in all things.
 Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1 Corinthians 9:25

For he that will love life, and see good days,
 let him refrain his tongue from evil,
 and his lips that they speak no guile:
1 Peter 3:10

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