Daily Wisdom 197: Proverbs 10:11

Proverbs 10:11 (NKJV) — 11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

The mouth is a well. The mouth brings forth attitudes and thoughts from deep within a person’s spirit. With the words of our mouth we have the ability to impart life or death, both to ourselves and others. (See Proverbs 18:21.) Again a warning is given: violence covers the mouth of the wicked. We must not speak words of violence for words have a powerful impact upon thoughts and expectations. For this reason, it is not appropriate to threaten to “kill” someone or “break someone’s neck.” Above all, we must not take it upon ourselves to pronounce damnation upon anyone. Only God can make pronouncements about eternity, and even He is not willing that any should perish.