Daily Bible Reading “Watch Your Words” (Proverbs 12:17-28)

Watch Your Words

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 12:17-28. In this Scripture, we learn a lot about our speech. We are reminded that those who speak the truth declare righteousness: but a liar is deceptive.

There are those whose words pierce like a sword: but the speech of the wise brings healing. The truth will be established forever: but a lying tongue lasts only for a moment.

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy. No evil will happen to the just: but the wicked will be filled with mischief.

Those who tell lies are an abomination to the LORD: but those who are truthful are his delight. A cautious person conceals knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

The hand of the diligent will rule: but those who are lazy will labor. Heaviness in the heart of a person makes it sad: but a good word makes the heart happy.

The righteous is more excellent than their neighbor: but the wicked seduces them. A lazy man doesn’t cook what he catches while hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

The way of righteousness is life; and in their pathway is no death.

This Scripture reminds us the words that come out of our mouths can be good or they can be harmful. Many times our words can offend others.

Our words can be truthful or they can be lies. The words we speak come from our heart. If our heart is not right with God it will be reflected by our language.

We need to learn to think before we speak. Many times we let the words fly out of our mouths before we even take time to think about them, especially if we are angry. We need to learn to engage our mind before we open our mouth. This is an acrostic of the word THINK to help us remember to pause for a minute and think before we speak.


T = is it True?

H = is it Helpful?

I = is it Inspirational?

N = is it Necessary?

K = is it Kind?

Once our words have been spoken, it is too late to take them back. They have already spewed out of our mouth and if they are sharp and cutting, they hurt people. Sometimes hurt feelings take years or even a lifetime to heal.

This Scripture reminds me of the children’s song we used to sing in church, “Oh, be careful little mouth what you say.”

If we are to please God with our speech we need to put a guard over our mouths and speak words of encouragement, love, and inspiration to others. Lord, help us.


Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 12:17-28

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.


Things to think about:

  • How does this Scripture compare the righteous with the wicked?
  • Have you ever noticed these differences in people you know?
  • How can we learn to live like the righteous that are mentioned in this Scripture?
  • What are some ways we can guard our words?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we are again reminded of the differences in the way that righteous people and wicked people handle matters. Help us to use our mouth in ways that are pleasing to You. Help us to always deal with others in a way that will bring honor to You. Forgive us of all the times we have failed You in this area of our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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