We can do a lot of damage with our speech. A wise heart is careful about what and when to speak.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 10:8-19

ESV Text: Proverbs 10:8-19

Proverbs 10:8–19 (Listen)

  The wise of heart will receive commandments,
    but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
  Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
    but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
10   Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
    and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
11   The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12   Hatred stirs up strife,
    but love covers all offenses.
13   On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
    but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
14   The wise lay up knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
15   A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
    the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16   The wage of the righteous leads to life,
    the gain of the wicked to sin.
17   Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
    but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18   The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
    and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19   When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
    but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 10

     8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

     9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

     10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

     11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

     12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

     13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

     14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

     15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

     16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

     17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

     18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

     19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 422:
Savior, I Follow On

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1. Savior, I follow on, 
Guided by Thee, 
Seeing not yet the hand 
That leadeth me. 
Hushed be my heart and still, 
Fear I no further ill, 
Only to meet Thy will 
My will shall be. 

2. Riven the rock for me 
Thirst to relieve, 
Manna from heaven falls 
Fresh every eve. 
Never a want severe 
Causeth my eye a tear 
But Thou dost whisper near, 
“Only believe.” 

3. Often to Marah’s brink 
Have I been brought; 
Shrinking the cup to drink, 
Help I have sought; 
And with the prayer’s ascent 
Jesus the branch hath rent, 
Quickly relief hath sent, 
Sweetening the draught. 

4. Savior, I long to walk 
Closer with Thee; 
Led by Thy guiding hand, 
Ever to be 
Constantly near Thy side, 
Quickened and purified, 
Living for Him who died 
Freely for me. 

Hymn: LSB 842 Son of God, Eternal Savior