Daily Devotion of Proverbs 15
God gave man the ability to speak. The purpose of speech is for His creation to communicate with others and to bring glory to Him. However, man’s sinful, self-centered nature does not always use one’s lips for the intended purpose.
Here are some of God’s wisdom of what to do with the gift He gave us, as is revealed in this chapter:
- To squelch nasty arguments, lower your voice in heated discussions, and it will diffuse anger.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Prov. 15:1
- Purpose to present facts and not popular answers or opinions.
“The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.” Proverbs 15:28
- Be wise and not hurtful in what you say. Use truth to inform others and to help them, not just opinions and assumptions.
“The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Proverbs 15:2 Also: Prov. 15:7.
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4
- Be kind and considerate when speaking to others.
“The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.” Proverbs 15:26
- There is a time to say certain things. Wait patiently for the right moment to share your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions.
“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” Proverbs 15:23
With the God-given gift of speech, use it to help others, not to separate, hurt, deceive, or sway others in areas that are not right or helpful. Your testimony, especially if you are a child of God, often rides on what you have said. Speak carefully.
Words from Children’s Sunday school song
Oh, be careful, little tongue, what you say,
Oh, be careful, little tongue, what you say.
There’s a Father up above looking down in love,
Oh, be careful, little tongue, what you say.
Words to Understand:
Countenance: Expression; message relayed by a person’s face, as being mad, glad …
Grievous: showing grief or unhappiness
Scorner: one who has or shows great displeasure
1 ¶ A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 ¶ The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 ¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 ¶ A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5 ¶ A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 ¶ In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 ¶ The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8 ¶ The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 ¶ The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10 ¶ Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
11 ¶ Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12 ¶ A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
13 ¶ A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is roken.
14 ¶ The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15 ¶ All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16 ¶ Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18 ¶ A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19 ¶ The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
20 ¶ A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 ¶ Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
22 ¶ Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
23 ¶ A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24 ¶ The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 ¶ The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 ¶ The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 ¶ He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 ¶ The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 ¶ The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 ¶ The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 ¶ The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 ¶ He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.