Themes in Proverbs: Impulsive Speech

Proverbs 13:3 The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;

The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.


Do you want less stress? Less heartache? Do you want to know the way to better relationships? To a better marriage?

The answer to all of these questions lies in the words we speak. The word used here in Proverbs – guard – does not mean that we do not speak but rather that we are well aware of our words before we speak them. Solomon goes on to write, that when we guard our mouth we can in some way predict the outcome of our life.

Just think how much less emotional turmoil we would face if we guarded our mouths. Think of how our relationships might improve. This only happens as we work to preserve our life – our words must be predetermined and not those caught in the moment.

We will surely be brought to ruin, to destruction when we forget to think about our words.