Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Open your Mouth for the Dumb – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verses 8
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Open your Mouth for the Dumb
It’s not very often we find scriptures that promote opening our mouth. Typically, we’re instructed to keep it shut. Because of how often we’re told to watch what comes out of our mouths, it should place all the more importance on verses that promote speaking up.
I suppose that we can take this verse at surface value. The dumb are people who don’t have the ability to speak, and quite often need someone to speak for them. On the surface, this is fine, but as you probably know, this is a multi leveled verse.
We see many of these throughout the scripture, with plenty here in the book of Proverbs. Through the Holy Ghost, the many levels you can understand a verse without taking it out of context can be amazing! Particularly when you can gain the natural, supernatural, literal, and figurative layers of interpretation all from one verse! I believe this verse to be among them.
The scripture is telling us to open our mouth for the dumb. How many different ways can we make use of this? Does this apply only when we run into a mute person? No.
Here are some different ways this verse can be interpreted.
People can’t Speak for Themselves
Some people are miserable about speaking up for themselves. When they find themselves in a position that requires a good defense, they’re unable to get it together enough to do so. This is one area that the Lord would like us to help out.
At times it takes someone more qualified and specialized such as a lawyer, to stand in the gap when it has anything to do with legal issues. But for the layman, or those who are not specialists in particular fields, we can draw from understanding of what the Father has taught us, and apply it toward others that are in need.
People have a tendency to keep quiet when one person is bashing another unjustly. In other words, when a person is complaining about someone who isn’t present and we know this person is either stretching the truth or not telling the truth, we tend to go along with it or say nothing. All for the sake of keeping peace or not creating waves.
What this verse would have us do, is defend the person being slandered. At least as far as what we know of the person would allow. Most of the time we know when someone is saying things about someone else that isn’t true. Or assuming ridiculous things that aren’t warranted.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, right? Well, how would you feel if you found out someone had slandered you to your friends, or had assumed all kinds of garbage because he/she had a bad day, and your friends said or did nothing in your defense or on your behalf?
There are way too many examples to list concerning this tense of the verse, but I think you get the drift. The dumb are simply people that either can’t, won’t, or are not present, when defense is needed.
Animals are Dumb
I have seen others refer to animals concerning this verse. Speak up for the animals, because they can’t speak up for themselves.
Clearly the Father has given us meat to eat, along with vegetables, and grain, and so on. But some people are just dastardly and wicked when it comes to the Lord’s creations. Demonic is another adjective I could use to describe these folks, because that actually hits closer to the mark.
Some people kill animals for the sake of doing so, no other reason. Others like to torture animals. Pets wind up neglected, sometimes to the point of death. Whoever thinks that the Lord created creatures just so we can have the pleasure of watching them whither away and die, or to be tortured, wiped out, etc., is sorely mistaken.
As stated, I believe that there are animals that the Lord has provided for meat. When we kill stuff that we have no intention on eating, there’s a problem.
I’m not talking about intrusive animals. Even David when he was young had to face the wolves concerning his flock, and mentions being delivered from the paws of the bear and the lion. Nor am I trying to sound at all political, or against hunting.
Killing for food is one thing, but does killing for fun sound Christlike? Sounds more to me to be the satiation of a different kind of appetite. The Lord knows and judges the intents of the heart, including those against his creation.
Spiritually Dumb People
Some people are spiritually dumb. Why? Because they’re spiritually dead. The Psalmist said “Shall the dead arise and praise thee?”
Have you ever seen someone who isn’t saved try and pray, even for themselves? It’s frightening what takes place! Their lack of ability or understanding as to how to pray isn’t what’s frightening, but what they refer to in order to sound like they know what they’re doing.
They revert to what they’ve learned from the most God-less source available, which is what they recall from movies or television.
“Oh Heavenly God, Thine thou’s art thee’s, and those are thouseth. Helpeth to giveth unto mine thee’s and thou canst belongeth in whateth… Amen.”
There are good reasons that we need to pray for people, and that’s because they either can’t or won’t pray themselves. Spiritually they’re dumb, and haven’t got a clue what to say to the Father, having their thoughts on the subject tainted by the world.
Believers know that you can talk to the Lord in modern day vernacular, and reverting to the speech of the King James isn’t necessary in order to communicate with the Father. But most haven’t got a clue about Christ, and even the power of his name.
There is no shortage of people that we can pray for. The verse above calls us to speak up for these folks, and stand in the gap on their behalf.
Most of us can understand the power and importance behind this, due to us being the beneficiaries from others doing this very thing, playing their part in pulling us from the fire.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 17: King James Bible
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Ephesians 6: King James Bible
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Thank you for the many fold mysteries that you show us through your Word! Give us the strength and diligence to be obedient to all three different tenses we’ve discovered concerning opening our mouth in behalf of the dumb. Teach us when it’s appropriate, not giving regard as a respecter of persons, but willing to do right by those who are being mistreated, slandered, or any other wrongful action against another where we know better. Stir into our minds and hearts those who we need to stand in the gap for Lord, you know their names, their faces, and their hearts. Guide us through your Holy Spirit to make our prayers for others be as powerful and effective as possible. All this we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you willing to open your mouth for the dumb?
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