Bible Study (How to Avoid Trouble and Have A Good Life)



How to Have A Good Life

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Psalm 34:12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.


Notice Verse 3: Guile means deceitful- lying to others to get  what you want from them...... deception, falsehood. Yet those who bequile and deceive are often victims of scams or deceptions themselves.

2 Titus 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Abstain from ill and wrathful language which tends to stir up wrath and contention.Is not injurious to the character of men, is not offensive and provoking.(John Gill)

Contention means ~strife, debate, arguing.

How do we Avoid Contentious Speech?

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.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

Why?


Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, as unsavory speech, foolish talking, that which is filthy, unprofitable, noxious, and nauseous, and all that is sinful; such as profane oaths, curses, angry ones, proud, haughty, and arrogant expressions, lies,which may be called corrupt, because such communication springs from a corrupt heart; is an evidence of the corruption of it; the subject matter of it is corrupt; and it conveys corruption to others, it corrupts good manners; and is the cause of men's going down to the pit of corruption: wherefore a restraint should be laid upon the lips of men; men have not a right to say what they please; good men will be cautious what they say, otherwise their religion is in vain; and conscious of their own weakness, they will pray to God to set a watch before their mouth, and to keep the door of their lips, and not suffer anything to come out. (Albert Barnes)

Good Men will be Cautious about What they say But Evil Men/Women will Not:

Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

That he be under the government of good principles, and that by those principles he particularly maintain a good environment of his tongue.

Proverbs 10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward.... brought into difficulties, out of which he is not easily extricated; the thorns of affliction, and the snares of Satan: by the one his way is hedged up, and in the other his feet are taken. (John Gill)

Meaning of Froward:
2a) perverse, wicked
2b) unfair, morose surly, froward
Google Synonyms: sullen, sulky, gloomy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, sour, glum, moody, ill-humored, brooding, broody, miserable, depressed, dejected, despondent, downcast, unhappy, low, down, grumpy, irritable, churlish, cantankerous, crotchety, cross, crabby, cranky, grouchy, testy, snappish, peevish, crusty (Thayer's Greek Definitions)

Evil Speaking Caused by Satan

Proverbs 6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

A naughty person] Lit. a man of Belial. The Heb. word Belial means, “of no profit,” “worthless,” and, according to the Heb. idiom, a man of, or a son of (Deuteronomy 13:13) Belial, is an unprofitable or worthless person., a worthless, a good-for-nothing fellow.” The word appears to have been personified by the later Jews, and is used in the form Belial, to denote Satan ( John Gill)

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.

Hell, or Gehenna, is represented as a place where the fires continually burn. See the notes at Matthew 5:22. The idea here is, that that which causes the tongue to do so much evil derives its origin from hell. Nothing could better characterize much of that which the tongues does, than to say that it has its origin in hell, and has the spirit which reigns there. The very spirit of that world of fire and wickedness - a spirit of falsehood, and slander, and blasphemy, and pollution - seems to inspire the tongue.(Albert Barnes)

God is pleased when we speak right:

Proverbs 23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

God is displeased when we hurt others with our words:

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Psalms 50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

When a man speaks against his brother he is practically condemning the Law of Love, and thus arrogating to himself the office of a judge. In criticising that Law he is virtually criticising the divine Lawgiver.(Unknown)

Tips for Speaking Correctly:

Don't be a Meddler

Proverbs 26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

Don’t be a Scorner

Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

Proverbs 9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

The Benefits of Right Speaking: Unity Brings Blessings from Above

Psalm 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Psalm 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

Psalm 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

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