Words Carefully Spoken are like Crafted Silver and Gold – Proverbs 25

I don’t normally wear much jewelry, but these verses from Proverbs 25 appeal to me on January 25.

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.” Proverbs 25:11-12 NIV

The word aptly means suitable, appropriate. In my mind I see a craftsman shaping and working a precious metal, taking his time to create something that will be lovely, worthwhile, and appreciated. That’s how I want to use my words. Whether offering encouragement or a carefully delivered rebuke, I want what I say to be suitable and appropriate for the need of the moment.

To complete the picture, it means that choosing my words carefully and delivering them lovingly is like giving my listener a fine gold ornament. I’d love to do that!

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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