Proverbs 8:6-7

Hear, for I will speak noble things,

    and from my lips will come what is right,

for my mouth will utter truth;

    wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Proverbs 8:6-7 ESV

Notice the things that wisdom speaks: 1) Noble things, 2) what is right, and 3) truth. Here, the author uses three synonyms to convey the idea that wisdom speaks truth. Want to know the truth? Find wisdom. Notice also what is not coming from wisdom’s lips: “wickedness is an abomination to my lips.”

We might summarize these verses as “Guard your mouth; be careful what you say (or don’t say).” While it is important to do that, we must remember that what comes out of our mouths (or doesn’t come out) is a reflection of our hearts. If I have trouble with my mouth, the problem is not with my mouth. It is my heart. The same is true for you.

Lord, please help the words of my mouth reflect the work that you are doing in my heart.

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