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The Words of the Wise

November 9, 2014 Preacher: Rich Lanning Series: Proverbs

Scripture: Proverbs 17:27–17:28

The Words of the Wise
Proverbs 17:27-28
November 9, 2014

I. The wise show restraint in their use of words. Proverbs 10:19, 17:27-28

II. Slow to issue hasty judgments. Proverbs 29:20

III. Words have power to destroy. Proverbs 12:18, 18:21

IV. Destruction through gossip and slander. Proverbs 26:20, 22

V. The boomerang effect. Proverbs 12:13, 14

VI. What about swearing? James 3:8-9; Ephesians 4:29; Psalms 35:28

VII. Words have mighty power to bless. Proverbs 12:18, 18:21, 15:4, 16:24

Questions for reflection:
• In what sense do words have the power of “death and life?”
• Can you think of an occasion when someone’s words made a powerful impact on you
for good or ill?
• What are some ingredients of encouraging speech?
• What would make you a better encourager?