Proverbs 18; Forms of expression and their results

In this chapter, Solomon uses multiple synonyms for speech.  Words, lips, fruit of mouth/lips, fool’s lips, fool’s mouth, premature answer, plead, utter and answers are associated with differing outcomes.  Words, mouth and lips can be tools for benefit or destruction (ie become a fountain of wisdom vs bringing strife).   A relational context for sound speech is also suggested here.  In verse 1, “overseparation” from others is a sign of selfishness.  On the other hand, too many friends “can bring ruin” but a friend who sticks “closer than a brother” is ideal (vs 24).  Bottom line in these verses, careful speech and careful relationships are associated with the benefits that wisdom brings.

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