hashtag-proIn a day when the English language is reduced to abbreviations [LOL] and hashtags [#MeNoCanWrite], Proverbs 25:11-12 is particularly timely.

Proverbs 25:11-12A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 12  As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.”

Solomon compares a timely, well-spoken word to “apples of gold in pictures of silver” (25:11).  Unfortunately, our language is being butchered by a generation incapable or too lazy to communicate meaningful thoughts and ideas in concise sentences.  Most of what is spoken or written today has no lasting value and is unworthy of reiteration.apples of gold

Not only is a word spoken in a timely fashion of great value, but so is a word of correction from a wise man to the ear of one willing to listen. Reproof is never easily heard; however, when a heart is tender, and an ear is listening, a wise man’s words are as valuable as “an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold” (25:12).

Someone has observed that God gave us two ears and one mouth—it stands to reason that we should listen twice as much as we speak!listening3

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.”