Thursday, 12 November 2009

A tongue to speak slowly and well-considered


God has given us two ears, but one tongue,
to show that we should be swift to hear, but slow to speak.
God has set a double fence before the tongue, the teeth and the lips,
to teach us to be wary that we offend not with our tongue.
- Thomas Watson

The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still
and let God act and speak in you.
- Meister Eckhart

What is more pleasing than a psalm?
A psalm is a blessing on the lips of the people,
praise of God, the assembly's homage, a general acclamation,
a word that speaks for all, the voice of the Church,
a confession of faith in song.
- Ambrose


Thoughts from Proverbs:

"For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips" 8:7

"Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool" 10:18

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight" 11:1

"The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them" 11:3

"The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment" 12:19

"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight" 12:22

"Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool" 19:1

"'It is good for nothing,' cries the buyer; but when he has gone his way, then he boasts" 20:14

He that loveth pureness of heart, For the grace of his lips the king will be his friend.” 22:11

"Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding" 23:23
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The Bible

And when they lead you to judgment, and deliver you up,
be not anxious beforehand what ye shall speak:
but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye;
for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Marcus 13:11

”a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”

Ecclesiasts 3:7

”For wisdom is expressed by the word, and in speaking of your tongue is the day you've learned.”
Syriach 4:24

”The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies;

neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth;
for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid”
Zephania 3:13

God speak to me and give me spiritual wisdom and a good voice
that speaks the truth and dares to come out for You and your son.
I want to talk about Your awesome strength, Your righteousness,
Your generosity and loving indulgence.
Give me elocution
because I do not want to be like the many who make of the Word of God merchandise,
but I want to proclaim your Word in sincerity,
before You face to face, in Christ Jesus.

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