Is Proverbs 18 21 Really About the Law Of Attraction?
Is Proverbs 18 21 About the Law Of Attraction?
You may have heard someone recently use Proverbs 18 21 to justify speaking things into existence. But does Proverbs 18 21 give you the power to take part in “naming and claiming”? I will give you the Bible’s view from Proverbs 18 next! And feel free to give your thoughts below in the comment section as well!
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Proverbs 18 21 In Context!
If you hear someone say because Proverbs 18 21 says:
“Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue“,
this means, as a Christian, you can take part in “naming and claiming“. And you can speak things into existence!
#1 Your First WARNING!
If you ever desire to become a Bible Master, you always want to understand the context!
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The context in regards to what you are learning about today is from the book of Proverbs. And when you read the book of Proverbs, you will find the general principle and theme throughout the book of Proverbs is wise principles. And about how you should be becoming wise.
#2 What happens Before in Proverbs 18
You also need to understand, before Proverbs 18 21, in Proverbs 18 you will find, like a build-up effect in regards to what Solomon says. There are 4/5 qualifiers in Proverbs 18, before Solomon ever said “Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue” in Proverbs 18:21.
Reading Before Proverbs 18 21
Earlier in Proverbs 18 Solomon says:
“The words of a man’s mouth [are as] deep waters [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook“.
You should think about what Solomon is writing. Because he is saying, someone who is speaking wise things and speaking wisdom, is like you have a great deep (water source) coming from within you. And he likens it to a flowing brook, or like a flowing stream of water.
These are pretty much synonymous with fruitfulness and living things that are nourishing whatever the water immerses.
What is powerful for you to see here is what Solomon says next, when you read 2 lines down.
“A fool’s lips enter into contention and his mouth calleth for strokes“.
So think about what Solomon is actually writing here in contrast to what he just said about the wise person. And what comes out of the wise person’s lips
He is now saying a foolish person’s lips utters things that get them into contention. So if you speak like a fool, you will find yourself arguing and in disagreements
And then he continues by saying it is like someone wanting to fight you and strike you, because of the foolish things you are actually saying.
Solomon goes even deeper for you when he writes the next line in Proverbs 18. Before we get to what we have been building up to in Proverbs 18 21, Solomon ramps it up even more, in regards to what you may hear someone who is foolish saying.
He highlights how the foolish person says:
“A fool’s mouth [is] his destruction and his lips [are] the snare of his soul“.
So Solomon just said the foolish things that come out of your mouth will end you in destruction. And talks about how this will ultimately be your demise and snare of your soul, if you do not swiftly change your talking habits!
Solomon is saying here, I have told you about this wise person and what it is like when a wise person is speaking. Now I am telling you what it is like when a foolish person begins to open their mouth and utter foolish things. You will get into contention, you get into scenarios where people want to strike you and beat you! And you ultimately end up in destruction.
Solomon even gives you a final warning before we get to Proverbs 18 21.
And he says:
“The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly“.
So Solomon is now showing you about a talebearer, someone who tells lies and false stories.And what does he show you about these people? Solomon shows you how their lies ultimately are wounding and go to the innermost parts of the belly.
NOW Read Proverbs 18 21
You now read Proverbs 18 21 which is like the crescendo of what we have just been discussing.
When he says:
“Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.“.
Proverbs 18:21 with all of the surrounding context should now make more sense to you. This should make even more sense to you because Solomon has given you four examples. One example about being wise and three examples about being foolish, and what they lead you into.
So when you are continuing to be wise and you are enjoying the fruits of wisdom, this will ultimately take you to a living, refreshing and fruitful place. But on the contrary though, when you are engaging in the fruits of foolishness, this will get you into fights and arguments. And it will ultimately lead you into destruction.
Now you can see it really did not have anything to do with “naming and claiming“, or speaking things into existence, just because death and life [are] in the power of the tongue.
In the context of Proverbs 18 you can see he is giving you a repetitive example (about five examples at least) of what it is like to be wise and what it is like to be foolish.
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The words that you speak are powerful and have the power to get you into trouble as you saw previously. But also to get you into great scenarios as well. And the greatest example of the tongue speaking life is in the new testament when Jesus said:
“the words that I speak unto you [they] are spirit and [they] are life.“
The question is,
What kind of words do you spend most of your days speaking?
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