"The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so."
“The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:”
The wise man is so different from the fool. This is evident in how each of these men speaks. Listen to them share their thoughts, and you will quickly see the difference between them. Solomon has hit on this theme before in his proverbs.
“The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom,” (Proverbs 10:20-21).
There is value in what the righteous man (the wise man) has to say. His words “feed many.” This teaching should remind us of the importance of our words. Because words of the just man are valuable, we should take care of how we spend them. And since our wise words need to feed others, we need to make sure they are pure and wholesome, and not words that would defile. The wise man is intentional in the use of his words.
“The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness,” (Proverbs 15:2).
And, of course, the fool does not care what comes out of his mouth! He will say whatever comes to mind.
“But the heart of the foolish doeth not so.”
Jesus taught that what comes out of a person is produced from their heart (Matthew 15:19). When you hear what a fool says, it’s the end-product of his foolish heart. It’s the real “him,” it’s what’s treasured up in his heart. Have you heard a person say, “I can’t believe I said that,” or “I don’t know why I said that!”? The reason is simple, it is what they have been thinking about and what is in their heart. The sad thing is, a fool is content with himself just the way he is. So, sadly we never expect the fool to change.
Believers, let’s be sure that our words are well thought out and the kind of words that need to be heard. Let’s use godly, wise words.