Wicked Words Are The Product of An Evil Heart

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A farmer who tilleth his land and works hard day after day will have plenty of good. On the other hand a man who lives in a dream world either physically or mentally and does not get his work done shows a lack of judgment (v. 11).

Things that wicked people accumulate by devious means often are desired by other wicked people. The wicked feed on one another as they are caught in the net of their own evil nature. In contrast to this, a righteous man is like a plant whose secure root causes it to be green and to bear fruit. He is known for the production of fruit without the infliction of injury on others (v. 12).

The wicked man is trapped by his own words which are the product of an evil heart (v. 13). His speech which is designed to injure others is like a boomerang which eventually comes back at him with devastating consequences. The righteous man avoids these consequences by being careful in his speech. It is certainly true that what a man sows he will reap.

Two contrasts are given between a fool and a wise man (vv. 15-16). The fool thinks his way is right and will not listen to the counsel of others. Also when he is angry he immediately shows it. A wise man, in contrast, is open to advice and does not get upset by insults. He exercises self-control and waits for the proper moment to confront the offender.



I can think of situations in my life when I spoke too quickly and too sharply? When I am in a similar situation in the future I need to handle it differently.

Proverbs 12:11-16 (English Standard Version)

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