The wicked say whatever comes to mind without regard, but the righteous consider their words carefully.
Shalom, and happy morning to you. Too often, people say things that need not be said; their words pierce the heart and wreak havoc in the lives of those around them. This is most true for those who are of an evil heart. For the wicked, not only do their words hurt others and become stumbling blocks for those around them, but their evil words also become a snare and a trap for themselves.
Habitual liars, people who lie as profusely as the sun shines, eventually get tangled up in their web of lies and are often condemned for that behavior. And all who transgress with their lips fall into dangers and pits of all kinds. Those with wicked lips have no regard for authority; they will shout and curse at police, judges, employers, and any and everyone who ruffles their delicate feathers. And they do this without a moment’s hesitation or thinking about the consequences.
The righteous, on the other hand, are always prudent with their lips, weighing consequences, and deciding carefully on a matter before uttering a word. And with that, they are able to avoid and escape the traps and snares of life.
13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.
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