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The Tongue of Wise Ones Does Good
Proverbs 15:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouth of the stupid blurts out foolishness.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge. The tongue of the wise (לְשׁוֹן חֲכָמִים leson chaka·mim) refers to the speech or teaching that the wise ones give others.
But the mouth of the stupid blurts out foolishness. Here, The mouth of the stupid (וּפִי כְסִילִים u·pi kesilim) is contrasted with the tongue of the wise and refers to what fools say. Fools: (כְּסִיל kesil) hate knowledge as they lack good judgment. Their character is stupidity and rudeness, one who completely lacks understanding and is rebellious in his ways. (Prov. 1:7, 22) Blurts out (pour out) renders a Hebrew verb (נָבַע naba) meaning to say something, conceived of as pouring out water. In the context of speech here it figuratively means burst out with empty words.
God’s people help others when they talk to them about God’s Word, his purpose for mankind, and his provisions. This is the wise using knowledge to do good. The stupid ones see this as foolish because they lack knowledge, so they burst out with empty words. What one says will be a mark of their character. What one is like within will come out in their words, whether wise or foolish. Thus, considering that we are mentally bent toward evil (Gen. 6:5; 8:21) with a treacherous heart that is unknowable (Jer. 17:9) and desires to do bad. (Rom. 7) Even though we are God’s people, we must be careful how we speak due to our human imperfections.