Omar Khayyam, a Persian poet born in 1048 AD and author of “The Rubaiyat” wrote the following:
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
These words are true. Many have written or uttered words in anger only to deeply regret it. I doubt that there is anyone who at sometime in life hasn’t written or spoken words in anger only to deeply regret it, sometimes for life. Bitter words, cruel words, meant to hurt.
Now with the passage of time, and a fading memory of what must have been a deep hurt, the mind and the heart attempt to reconcile or at least erase the memory of those bitter and cruel words. Too late, too late. What is done is done.
This message needs to be told and retold. It makes no difference if you are newly wed or about to celebrate your fiftieth wedding anniversary it is wisdom to keep your silence when angry. Your words carry a tremendous power that you have yet to fully appreciate …. Scripture says that it is always a wise move to hold your tongue. Your only hope is to confess your error, repent and ask for forgiveness of the one you hurt. Vow to never, never to do it again.
Here are some verses from the King James Bible to show the importance of the power of so little an organ as the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Proverbs 25:15 – By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Proverbs 17:27 – He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Psalms 127:3 – Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.
Leviticus 19:16 – Thou shalt not go up and down [as] a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I [am] the LORD.
1 Peter 3:10 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
Matthew 12:36-37 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Read More…)
Proverbs 15:4 – A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
Psalms 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
James 3:1-18 – My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (Read More…)
James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
Philippians 2:14 – Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Proverbs 20:19 – He that goeth about [as] a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Proverbs 15:28 – The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Proverbs 13:3 – He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Mark 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Proverbs 29:11 – A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
Psalms 57:4 – My soul [is] among lions: [and] I lie [even among] them that are set on fire, [even] the sons of men, whose teeth [are] spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
Psalms 52:2 – Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Psalms 12:3-4 – The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, [and] the tongue that speaketh proud things: (Read More…)
Revelation 21:8 – But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
James 4:11 – Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
James 3:5-8 – Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (Read More…)
James 3:2 – For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.
James 3:1-12 – My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (Read More…)
James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Titus 3:2 – To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Titus 2:3-5 – The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; (Read More…)
1 Timothy 6:4 – He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
1 Timothy 3:1-16 – This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. (Read More…)
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Ephesians 6:17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Ephesians 5:4 – Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Ephesians 4:25 – Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
1 Corinthians 14:1-40 – Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy. (Read More…)
1 Corinthians 12:28 – And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 1:30 – Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Acts 1:11 – Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
John 8:44 – Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Matthew 7:1-2 – Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Read More…)
Isaiah 4:1-6 – And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. (Read More…)
Isaiah 3:16-24 – Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: (Read More…)
Ecclesiastes 3:7 – A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Proverbs 26:18-19 – As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, (Read More…)
Proverbs 25:23 – The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Proverbs 21:23 – Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 21:19 – [It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Proverbs 18:8 – The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Proverbs 17:14 – The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Proverbs 16:28 – A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
Proverbs 15:2 – The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Proverbs 11:9 – An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Proverbs 10:8 – The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Proverbs 6:16-17 – These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: (Read More…)
Proverbs 6:2 – Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Proverbs 6:1-35 – My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, (Read More…)
Proverbs 4:23 – Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
Psalms 101:5 – Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Colossians 3:8 – But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Luke 6:45 – A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Proverbs 15:23 – A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
Psalms 39:1 – (To the chief Musician, [even] to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.) I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
Psalms 34:13 – Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
I can add no wisdom to compare with the wisdom of the above scriptures whose author is God Himself.
For “As I See It”
Roy A. Lamont