Proverbs 12:16-21 TPT
Learning to Speak Wisely
If you shrug off an insult and refuse to take offense,
you demonstrate discretion indeed.
But the fool has a short fuse
and will immediately let you know when he’s offended.
Truthfulness marks the righteous,
but the habitual liar can never be trusted.
Reckless words are like the thrusts of a sword,
cutting remarks meant to stab and to hurt.
But the words of the wise soothe and heal.
Truthful words will stand the test of time,
but one day every lie will be seen for what it is.
Deception fills the hearts of those who plot harm,
but those who plan for peace are filled with joy.
Calamity is not allowed to overwhelm the righteous,
but there’s nothing but trouble waiting for the wicked.
There is so much wisdom nestled in the Book of Proverbs. In our passage today, King Solomon shares a series of proverbs—short, concise sentences that convey moral truth—that will help tame our tongues if we will listen. The proverb that stands out for me is verse 19: “Truthful words will stand the test of time.” The enemy is a liar and many times his lies may sound like truth, but real Truth is a person—the Living Word—and so to make sure we know the difference between a lie and Truth, we must consult the Word, exalt the Truth, and believe the eternal Christ to bring timely revelation. If we will follow this wisdom, we will find ourselves closer to God. May we take this wisdom to heart and allow it to govern our lives.
Prayer: Lord, every human being needs to apply these proverbs to his or her life. We are too easily offended and lie to manipulate our own agendas. We say something is true because it pleases our flesh. Help your children stand for the Truth of your Word and speak that Truth in love. Cause us to be counselors of peace who are filled with your joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.