King Solomon contrasted the opinions of the wise to the ways of the foolish in the book of Proverbs. As the wisest man who ever lived, we can glean from his opinions, reasoning, and teachings. We have much we can learn from his insights and pearls of wisdom.
The Opinions and Ways of a Fool
King Solomon expounds on the folly of a fool to warn us of their foolish ways that we might be kept from their path of shame, destruction, and death.
“When there are many words, wrongdoing is unavoidable.” ~Proverbs 10:19a NASB
“A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.” ~Proverbs 18:2 WEB
“He who answers a matter before he hears the facts – it is folly and shame to him.” ~Proverbs 18:13 AMPC
“Do not answer [nor pretend to agree with the frivolous comments of] a [closed-minded] fool according to his folly, otherwise you, will be like him.” ~Proverbs 26:4 AMP
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” ~Proverbs 16:25 WEB
The Opinions and Instructions of the Wise
King Solomon instructs us that “wisdom is better than strength” and “wisdom is better than weapons of war” and then exhorts us to “fear God, and keep His commandments because this applies to every person.”
King Solomon addresses our mouth, lips, and tongue. He speaks of wise words of knowledge being comparable to ‘rare jewels’ or ‘apples of gold in settings of silver’.1
“The one who restrains his lips is wise.” ~Proverbs 10:19b NASB“
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word!” ~Proverbs 15:23 NIV
“The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.” ~Proverbs 18:4 WEB
“A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips, he is satisfied.” ~Proverbs 18:20 WEB
“There is gold and an abundance of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.” ~Proverbs 20:15 WEB
“He who guards his mouth and his tongue guards his soul from troubles.” ~Proverbs 21:23 NASB
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” ~Proverbs 25:11 NASB
James adds, “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”2 The Apostle Paul spurs us to ‘lean into the Lord’ for gracious speech.
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” ~Colossians 3:17 NASB
“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” ~Colossians 4:6 NASB
King Solomon continues with God’s principles of wisdom.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” ~Proverbs 2:6 NASB
“Listen to counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.” ~Proverbs 19:20 AMP
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.” ~Proverbs 16:24 AMP
“Know that [skillful and godly] wisdom is [so very good] for your life and soul; if you find wisdom, then there will be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation will not be cut off.” ~Proverbs 24:14 AMP
Because “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].” Let us agree in prayer with David, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”3
1 Ecclesiastes 9:16, 18; 12:13 NASB
2 James 1:19 WEB
3 Proverbs 18:21 AMPC; Psalm 141:3 NASB
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We receive a one-word prompt and write whatever comes to our mind. The one-word prompt this week is opinions.