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Summary: The various uses of words. Words can be good or evil.

CAN I HAVE A “WORD” WITH YOU?

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.”

I. WE USE WORDS (As a part of communication)

A. To Teach

B. To Warn

C. To Convey Feelings

II. THE EFFECT OF WORDS (Talking)

A. Can Hurt

Proverbs 12:18 (a) “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Proverbs 18:8 “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

B. Can Heal

Proverbs 12:18 (b) “but the tongue of the wise is health.”

Proverbs 15:26 “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.”

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health

to the bones.”

C. Can Consol and Comfort

Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Proverbs 12:25 “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”

Proverbs 15:23 “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”

D. Can Condemn

Proverbs 13:13 “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”

III. WHEN MEN USE WORDS UNWISELY

A. There is a temptation to talk.

1. A multitude of words.

Proverbs 10:19 “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.”

Proverbs 17:27 “He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

“Actually, the use of words can be a very tempting exercise for man. He will use words to show how wise and well educated he is, instead of to help others.” Spiros Zodhiates Pulpit Helps

“Using words to show off is both an enslavement for the unbeliever and a temptation for the Christian who witnesses.” Spiros Zodhiates Pulpit Helps

2. Hasty words

Proverbs 29:20 “Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”

Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”

Ecclesiastes 10:14 “A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”

3. Unskillful words

Hebrews 5:13 “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.”

I Corinthians 2:4 “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”

B. There is a temptation to deceive.

II Timothy 3:6 “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly

women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,”

Proverbs 2:16 “To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;”

Proverbs 7:4 “Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.”

IV. WHEN GOD USES WORDS

A. To Create

1. Speak worlds into existence, yet He took time to talk to children

Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

“And God said . . . “ “and it was so”

2. Speak Life into dirt

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed

into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

B. To Sustain

Hebrews 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,

and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself

purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”

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