He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
Not A Good Deal
Do you know what BOGO means? It stands for “Buy One Get One” free. My wife and I have argued for years what is the better way of going; buying one at regular price and getting a second for free or just buying one and only paying half price. I am sure that every one will agree with me that “two for the price of one” is a much better deal!
But not in the case of Proverbs 17:20!
Our verse not only talks about a “froward heart” but it also mentions a “perverse tongue”. It goes on to state that these will lead to no good and mischief.
Let’s define two words: “froward” and “perverse” (Definitions are from Merriam-Webster)
- FROWARD: habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
- PERVERSE: turned away from what is right or good | obstinate in opposing what is right, reasonable, or accepted
Do these definitions sound like someone you know? Do these definitions sound like you?
So Where’s The BOGO?
We may not be actually buying a physical product at the store, but by the way we live our lives we may not only have a “froward heart” (BUY ONE) but our heart will lead us to having a “perverse tongue” (GET ONE). Matthew 12:34 says, “You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (ESV)
Solomon is telling us that neither of these are good character traits to have and neither of them will end well. This is one more reason why we need to make Proverbs 4:23 a priority in our lives.
Lord, I pray that You would help us to guard our hearts will all diligence and keep our eyes focused on you. Help us to guard our hearts and to keep our tongues as we should. Keep us striving to be more and more like You!