Chattering Teeth are Not Wise – Proverbs 10

It’s hard to choose which verses to highlight for January 10, but here are my picks. Two of them mention a chattering fool and invoke an image of the annoying gag toy with teeth that rattle when you wind it up.

“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Proverbs 10:8 NIV.

“He who winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.” 10:10.

This one is on the same subject: “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. 10:19.

Tonight, as my daughter was cleaning the kitchen, my husband walked in and asked her about her day. She pulled her ear buds out and asked, “Are you talking to me? I heard your lips moving.” The laughter this caused was refreshing, since I’ve been sick and can’t remember the last time I laughed. She either has super powers or she knows a proverb I haven’t dug up yet.

This one is about something lips can do, however.

“The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.” 10:21.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

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