2023-01-24 “God Sees and Notes All the Wicked and the Good, and Will Judge”(Proverbs 15:1-4)

God Sees and Notes All the Wicked and the Good, and Will Judge 神看見和留意所有壞人好人,並必審判“(Proverbs 箴言 15:1-4)

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.


Wisdom shows us the value of a soft answer, one without sharp edges or points. That kind of answer can actually turn away wrath. A harsh response often only stirs up more anger instead. The wise will show their right use of knowledge by the words they say. Their words demonstrate their wisdom. It is not enough for people to claim they have wisdom in their heart or mind; what they say proves either their wisdom or folly. Good words are like a tree that continually brings life from its shade and fruit. If someone’s tongue is perverse (twisted, crooked, corrupt) instead of wholesome, their words will break the spirit of others. Wisdom understands that we are always under God’s eyes. He sees us in every place, even when we are hidden to human eyes. Among mankind, the wicked are often unpunished and the good are often unrewarded – but God sees and notes all, and will judge.


Prayer: God of Wisdom, our words have the power to do far more good or harm than we often think. The choice is ours and yet when people come to us in wrath, we are often tempted to be harsh in response feeling justified at that moment but ending up with the situation getting worse, not better. Even though it is very difficult for us to do, help us to know: when to speak, and when to be silent; what to speak, and what to leave unspoken; the manner that is best and most suitable to the occasion, the subject, the circumstances, and the persons, etc. Amen.

禱告: 智慧的神啊,我們說的話有著能力去作得比自己往往以為的更好或更傷害,那選擇是我們的;然而,當人在烈怒中來找我們時,我們往往受著試探去以暴戾的回應相待,那時感覺得理直氣壯,卻以更差而不是更好的情況收場。儘管對我們來說是很困難作的,求你幫助我們曉得:甚麽時候要說,並甚麽時候要靜默;要說甚麽,並要保留甚麽不說;對那場合、話題、情況和對像最好和最適切的態度等等。阿們。

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