Proverbs 27:2

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

  a stranger, and not your own lips.”

Proverbs 27:2 ESV

While the wording of this verse at first reading appears to be directed toward our mouths (mouth, lips), the underlying matter is one of the heart. The directive here isn’t “think as highly of yourself as you want, just don’t say it” because that goes against the tenor of Proverbs.

I’ve heard others say, “No one knows me like me.” While that may be true, the sinner’s lack of self awareness is sometimes astounding. And, I think that is what is going on in this verse. In other words, the warning is more than just control your mouth. It is really control your heart, and one way of demonstrating a humble heart is allowing others to praise you rather than yourself.

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