Watch Your Mouth!
|Ecclesiastes 10 (NKJV™)|
|11||A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; The babbler is no different.|
|12||The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;|
|13||The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, And the end of his talk is raving madness.|
|14||A fool also multiplies words. No man knows what is to be; Who can tell him what will be after him?|
|15||The labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even know how to go to the city!|
|16||Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, And your princes feast in the morning!|
|17||Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, And your princes feast at the proper time--For strength and not for drunkenness!|
|18||Because of laziness the building decays, And through idleness of hands the house leaks.|
|19||A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers everything.|
|20||Do not curse the king, even in your thought; Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; For a bird of the air may carry your voice, And a bird in flight may tell the matter.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
An old proverb reads: "The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in one language is priceless." There are times when that is true. The tendency to let our mouths rule, whether in a conversation or at a meal, can get us into trouble and harm others. Solomon, in poetic style, considers three foolish ways our mouths can be used: