Monday, January 14, 2008

Verse 26

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and the law of grace is in her tongue." Proverbs 31:26 (Geneva Bible, 1599)

I'm in the process of writing a novel set in the 1600's that is roughly about the allegations of witchcraft among the Puritans. Through my research, I came across an online copy of the Geneva Bible, which was published in 1599. I'm trying to get myself in the mood to work on this book after a long break, hence the translation used tonight.

If we all used wisdom to discern whether or not to speak, or what to say or not to say, we'd all be better off, wouldn't we? The Proverbs 31 woman is very careful to use her tongue to the good of others, thereby using the "law of grace" that is in her tongue.

Grace is a wonderful gift that God gives us. Without His saving grace, none could be saved at all. If we wish to show others the depth of His grace, we need to be especially mindful of the evil OR love that our tongues can express.

When we build others up, especially our own families, rather than tear them down verbally, we're using our tongues for which they were originally intended - to show the love of Christ to the lost.

If you're interested in checking out the Geneva Bible, you can locate it in most Christian book catalogs. It's also online for free.

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