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Proverbs 4:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
Put away from you crooked speech: The Hebrew for put away (סוּר sur or שׂוּר sur) is to remove something concrete or abstract, to take it away, to cause it to go away. Crooked (עִקְּשׁוּת iqqeshuth) speech is literally “crookedness of mouth.” Crooked speech is unwise speech in that it is false speech, lies, and deception. This speech is a perversion, a moral corruptness that deviates from what is right and just. The faithful servant of God speaks the truth by his words and by the life he lives.
And put devious talk far from you: The Hebrew for devious (לָזוּת lazuth) talk is perverse and corrupt, deceitful and underhanded, any kind of speech that is misleading, untrue, or deviates from an acceptable moral standard. The second line here simply expands on the first line, as it also repeats it.
Once the heart or the inner person is protected from wicked thinking, Solomon moves on to what one says, crooked speech. However, we are not moving too far from the heart, as Jesus said, “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.” (Matt. 15:18) We must avoid speech that is misleading with untruth or stained with deceitfulness. Our hearts being treacherous to the point we cannot fully know them (Jer. 17:9), this means corrupt communication is going to wok its way to the surface eventually. Thus, we must always examine our hearts, making sure that we possess a great trepidation and abhorrence of all manner of crooked speech and devious talk, cursing, swearing falsely, lying, slandering, filthy words, and foolish talking. Again, we must, by relentless, vigilant in our attentiveness and steadfast resolute that we will not let this wicked thinking anywhere near our mind or tongue, refraining from all words that have an ability to harm our relationship with God or human relationships.
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