Proverbs 10 – Speaking Life or Death?

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:11-12 NIV

Many of the sayings you will find in this chapter of Proverbs are “one-offs.” They kind of stand alone, little bite sized pieces of wisdom. These two can each stand on their own, but I started to think about them as connected. Now I see how they relate to one another.

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life” sounds like a wonderful thing. It’s something you want to be. The things that come from your mouth bring life like water in the desert.

The only remedy for this, or at least the only thing to counterbalance it is Love, covering over all wrongs.

The opposite, “a mouth that conceals violence” means someone who doesn’t speak up when being abused or seeing abuse. Kind of a sin of omission. But in verse 12 Hatred actively stirs up conflict. no longer is the poor choice passive, it’s active. You know people who do this. (You might be one,)

Love covering wrongs? Isn’t that the same as concealing violence? Nope. It’s being gracious to another human who’s wronged you instead of stirring up conflict with them.

And when you speak, you speak love. And your mouth is a fountain of life, instead of death.


So are you speaking life or death? Which one do you want to speak?

Please leave a comment below. Let me know what you think of when you read this passage.

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