Proverbs 14: Weigh Every Word

Yesterday I shared the jarring comments of a counselor, when God opened my eyes to how I had been mothering my husband. Although not kinds words, they were what God used to send me into His arms and Word, where I learned I had been destroying my husband and marriage with my words, tearing down my house with my own hands.

In the early years of our marriage, we didn't know Jesus Christ, so we took our direction for marriage from the world, which leads to death. We were walking that path. Because we didn't know Jesus, we couldn't distinguish between wise and foolish, choosing the bravado and foolishness of the world as we made decisions based on how we felt about situations.

Weigh Every Word

Spending time walking through a Proverb a day, God showed me I had a choice. The battle for my heart is in my mind, as I choose each day to make wise decisions and speak life giving words based on His Word, leading to life, or foolish decisions based on the world (and my feelings), leading to death.

As I made decisions based on God's Word, spoke life into our lives and marriage, following His instruction, I began to rebuild our house, honoring God and making it a place that would be safe and healthy for our son, and for Scott to return to when he was ready and could distinguish been foolishness and wisdom.

Weigh Every Word

A wise woman strengthens her family,but a foolish woman destroys hers by what she does.

2 People who live good lives respect the Lord,but those who live evil lives don’t.

3 Fools will be punished for their proud words,but the words of the wise will protect them.

4 When there are no oxen, no food is in the barn.But with a strong ox, much grain can be grown.

5 A truthful witness does not lie,but a false witness tells nothing but lies.

6 Those who make fun of wisdom look for it and do not find it,but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

7 Stay away from fools,because they can’t teach you anything.

8 A wise person will understand what to do,but a foolish person is dishonest.

9 Fools don’t care if they sin,but honest people work at being right.

10 No one else can know your sadness,and strangers cannot share your joy.

11 The wicked person’s house will be destroyed,but a good person’s tent will still be standing.

12 Some people think they are doing right,but in the end it leads to death.

13 Someone who is laughing may be sad inside,and joy may end in sadness.

14 Evil people will be paid back for their evil ways,and good people will be rewarded for their good ones.

15 Fools will believe anything,but the wise think about what they do.

16 Wise people are careful and stay out of trouble,but fools are careless and quick to act.

17 Someone with a quick temper does foolish things,but someone with understanding remains calm.

18 Fools are rewarded with nothing but more foolishness,but the wise are rewarded with knowledge.

19 Evil people will bow down to those who are good;the wicked will bow down at the door of those who do right.

20 The poor are rejected, even by their neighbors,but the rich have many friends.

21 It is a sin to hate your neighbor,but being kind to the needy brings happiness.

22 Those who make evil plans will be ruined,but those who plan to do good will be loved and trusted.

23 Those who work hard make a profit,but those who only talk will be poor.

24 Wise people are rewarded with wealth,but fools only get more foolishness.

25 A truthful witness saves lives,but a false witness is a traitor.

26 Those who respect the Lord will have security,and their children will be protected.

27 Respect for the Lord gives life.It is like a fountain that can save people from death.

28 A king is honored when he has many people to rule,but a prince is ruined if he has none.

29 Patient people have great understanding,but people with quick tempers show their foolishness.

30 Peace of mind means a healthy body,but jealousy will rot your bones.

31 Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker,but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

32 The wicked are ruined by their own evil,but those who do right are protected even in death.

33 Wisdom lives in those with understanding,and even fools recognize it.

34 Doing what is right makes a nation great,but sin will bring disgrace to any people.

35 A king is pleased with a wise servant,but he will become angry with one who causes him shame.

Proverbs 14 New Century Version

Which verse resonates with YOU today? Will you take it with you, meditate on it and let it frame your day and decision making? 

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