The Tongue and Wisdom in Proverbs 10

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

What is so fascinating about Lady Wisdom is that she summarizes what other books of the Bible take much time to expound. In these few verses, the purpose of the tongue is summarized when James (the New Creation wisdom) takes almost an entire chapter to develop. This teaches us that wisdom is to be emphasized in many ways and through many metaphors and types. Further, there is a clear covenantal promise in these verses. The keeping of God’s commandments has a generational tone to them. What we say and what we do are carried on into the future or they decay like a corpse. If we desire our children and our children’s children to remember us and pay us tribute then what we do now must conform to the Wisdom of Proverbs.


About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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