by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 15 (16 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

The word soft means, tender, delicate. A tender, delicate answer turneth away (turns back) anger. There are two different words here used for anger. The first word is the word, rage, indignation, heated fury, fierce anger. A soft, delicate answer takes great wisdom and the leading of the Holy Spirit, considering the natural tendency of man is to retaliate with like anger. James makes it clear that we are quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to get angry, because the wrath of man DOES NOT work out, does not achieve God's righteousness. But grievous words (painful, hurtful) words, arouses anger to the point where anger in attitude becomes anger in rage. The point is clear. Do not provoke anger.

2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

The person who uses God's wisdom correctly, when he or she speaks, makes wisdom attractive and sought after. The fool on the other hand when he or she speaks just pours out foolishness. The fool bubbles forth and gushes out foolishness like a water from a hot spring. Jesus said it best in Mark 7:20-23 (read).

Mark 7:20-23
20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

The word, defile, means to render something to be unholy.

3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

This is one of the most profound verses in the entire Bible. This states clearly God's Omnipresence. Omnipresence means that God is everywhere and that nothing escapes His sight, ever. Every thought, word ...

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