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Daily Proverb: Proverb 10:11

Updated on April 3, 2013

Why Proverbs?

The wealthiest man who ever lived wrote the proverbs. He must've known something! Although the Bible was written millenia ago, its contents actually are applicable and beneficial today. When eternal principals and laws (not talking about the ten commandments when I write "law" here. I am referencing governing systems that are alive, whether we know it or not! I believe Solomon understood these "laws".) are honored, your life will benefit, even if you don't adhere to the Judaeo-Christian beliefs contained in the rest of the Bible.


Unless otherwise noted, all scripture is from the Holman Christian Study Bible; all Hebrew/Greek/Aramaic references are from Strong's Concordance; all English definitions and word roots are according to Merriam-Webster.

Proverb 10:11

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. - Proverb 10:11

The word "righteous" in this verse is from Hebrew word "tsaddiyq" (prounounced tsad-deek) and is also translated "just". Just means "acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good."

The mouth can be literal or figurative - meaning, mouth as in what people use to speak, or figurative meaning a source from which something flows, or empties itself (like a river mouth empties its water into a lake). The words and everything that flow from a just person brings life.

"Violence" in this verse is translated from the Hebrew "chamas" (pronounced khaw-mawce'), which has several meanings, including: violence, wrong, unjust gain, cruelty, damage, false, injustice, oppressor, unrighteous.

The mouth (words and actions) of the wicked conceal violence, wrong, unjust gain, cruelty, and damage. The English word "wicked" has its root in the word "wick" which means "twisted" -- like a canle wick is twisted. The wicked twist their words and actions to present them to be something other than what they are. They conceal their motives in order to get a desired gain, an unjust gain.

Have you ever twisted facts, misrespresenting them without completely falsifying information to avoid an argument or unwanted consequence? Today's culture would benefit greatly to recognize the toxidity of unjust actions, even if they seem "harmless". If the words and actions of a just person are a fountain of life, wouldn't the words and actions of an unjust person be a fountain of death?

Often, people good at heart tell "white lies", thinking there is no harm, no foul. They don't realize they are digging a fountain of death and opening doors to consequences of eternal law - you reap what you sow. Some religions call this law "karma", but its roots are traced back to biblical times. What seeds are you sowing for your future, for your legacy? Do you want to be a fountain of life or death and destruction? Do the seeds you have planted reflect your heart's desire(s)?


Creator of Heavens and Governor of Eternal Law,

Show me where in my life, my words and actions I have sown or am sowing seeds of death or destruction. Show me how to change those into words and actions of life. I desire to be a fountain of life, leaving joy and peace where ever I go. Give me the strength to heed Your direction.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

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    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      You have inspired me today. Thank you for writing of these truths. These make great daily devotions. In His Love, Faith Reaper