Proverbs 13: King James Bible
Heart and Soul – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verses 2-3
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Heart and Soul
Here’s a couple of verses out of many we can find in the book of Proverbs, that have to do with what comes out of our mouths. Here we are at chapter 13, and we’ve covered this (albeit from several different angles), many times.
However, in verse 2, we see something amazing that is not mentioned in previous chapters. What we’ve witnessed before, is the relationship between the heart and the mouth. That meaning, you can tell someone’s heart condition, by the words being spoken by a person. Particularly during times of some sort of distress.
Above, it’s not a relationship between the heart and the mouth, but instead, the soul and the mouth. For a piece of interesting trivia, the words “heart,” and “soul,” share the same verses 40 times from Genesis to Revelation. If you can find more, please let me know.
For those of you who observe meanings of different numbers, it goes without saying that 40 is extremely significant Biblically. For a few quick examples, It rained forty days and forty nights, Jesus was tempted forty days and nights, the people of Israel ate manna while they wandered forty years in the wilderness, Moses was on the mount with the Lord forty days and forty nights as he dealt with the commandments, the Lord left Israel in the hand of the Philistines for forty years; on and on we could go.
It is a popular understanding that the number forty represents, or is symbolic for a period of trial or testing. Even a time of probation. Taking a good look at the examples above, it’s not too far of a stretch to see why that would be.
In my view, this makes perfect sense, considering that the Lord weighs and tests the heart of man. And we all are here temporarily, right? We’re here for a period of time, then we pass on to where we’ve made the decision to go. To Christ Jesus for those who have been Born Again, and to the pit for those who have decided not to call upon the Lord for Salvation.
Having said that, knowing that they are placed together so often in dozens of occurrences (including being done so by the Lord Jesus himself), I believe that it’s worthwhile to explore the possibility, that they are closely related. Though closely related, I would not go so far as considering them synonymous by any means.
But there is an obvious relationship between the soul and the heart, that work together to construct your inner workings. It just may be, that whatever is going on with your soul, stirs the heart, producing the words that come out of your mouth, be it good or bad.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 22: King James Bible
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
1 Peter 1: King James Bible
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Mark 12: King James Bible
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
We choose you above all. We’ve called upon the name of your Son, Christ Jesus. We’ve received a spirit born anew through you, and have received your Holy Ghost as well. Teach us Father, how these things work harmoniously, and increase our understanding, concerning the deep things of you. You are beyond fully finding out, because there is just so much to find out, that we’ll never have the time to search all of your riches, and all of the depths of you. We’d just like to thank you for all that you’ve done for us Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray.
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