Today's reading is all about speech, appropriate speech and inappropriate speech. The tongue is a small member of the body, but it has great power.
My son, if your heart is wise,Your lips can speak foolishness bringing all kinds of adverse consequences. If you speak wickedness many ills can befall you including the destruction of the city.
then my heart will be glad,
my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.
Flattery, slander, gossip, hurtful talk, quarreling, lying, all are condemned in today's reading. How many of us have said something in the heat of a moment that we wished we could "un-say."
It doesn't happen. Once a word is spoken and heard, it is forever in the memory of the hearer.
The closing verse for today says:
The tongue has the power of life and death,My grandmother used to say: "Let your words be sweet and tender; you never know when you may have to eat them."
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Grant us the wisdom to speak only those things which are healing, uplifting, beautiful, profitable, honorable, and reverent. Help us to tame the wild tongue.
In Jesus' most precious name.