Proverbs in 365 Devotions

June 3

Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

How To Feed Many

Robin Aylor

Though many words accompany sin as the previous verse 19 says; here we find that there is also a time for a wise man to speak.

Somehow Solomon is saying there is a parallel between the righteous mans tongue and the wicked man’s heart. He says it in an odd way, I suspect just to make us think about it. Looking at both verses he mentions a heart, a tongue and lips that feed. I believe Solomon wants us to realize that the heart and the tongue and our deeds are in agreement. I think a good expounding paraphrase of these two verses would go something like this.

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver and his lips feed many because it comes from a righteous heart. The heart of the wicked is of little worth and his foolishness will be known by his words which will benefit no one and will ultimately end in death.

You see, wherever the heart is… it will flow to our tongue and through our lips and it will also flow out of our body as deeds that will feed many or deeds that will be utterly worthless.

In Matthew 12:34 Jesus said: …For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Oh, a wicked man my try to hide what is in his heart by saying pretty sparkly words but his heart always seems to develop a bad case of acid reflex that finds a way to exit his mouth and transfers into evil deeds.

So, yes; can a righteous man’s tongue can feed many.

James 2:15 says it like this: If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

The wisdom that comes from godly faith will produce faithfulness. That is how a righteous mans lips can feed many while fools die for lack of sense. James 12:17 goes on to say: So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Thank You Father that our personal righteousness is now found in Your Son Jesus and through Him and You Holy Spirit You are changing us practically in your wisdom to feed many.