Apr. 11. Wisdom of Righteousness

Prov. 12:1-28

Man’s character is evidenced by his words. It has been said that if one keeps his mouth shut, people will think that he is a fool, but if opened, it removes all doubt. Solomon pointed out many contrasts between the words of a wise man and a fool. Self-control and slowness to speak when angry are marks of a wise person whereas, a foolish person is quick to express his thoughts. Words are like toothpaste—once they are “out of the tube,” they cannot be replaced. One may apologize and express sincere regret, but the damage has been done and may never be repaired. Solomon also contrasted diligence with laziness. “The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.”