Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk,

   and so the innocent escape trouble.

14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,

   and the work of their hands brings them reward.

 

 It is often not the evil action in which the evildoer is caught, but rather in the web of lies he weaves to hide it. He contradicts himself, casts blame and attacks his accusers to no avail, eventually falling into the pit he has dug with his own words. There is consistency between action and speech, evil acts result in sinful talk and vice versa. The accused innocent escapes trouble with honest talk, but the guilty is ensnared by the truth as well as his lies.

 “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.” The same principle applies to wholesome speech, which inspires and is inspired by honest work. It is through this dynamic that a life is filled with goodness and satisfaction. It is to one’s great advantage to take the side of truth. Though honesty may be difficult it is simple, while deceit only complicates things to the point of exhaustion.

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