Proverbs 10: King James Bible
Wise in Heart – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter ten, Verse 8
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Wise in Heart
When we receive a commandment, what does that mean to us? This isn’t speaking to considering a commandment, or listening to one. When we receive a commandment, we take it to heart, and allow that commandment to sink in deep, and do its work from the inside out.
If your heart is wise, so is the rest of the body. I don’t believe the same can be said about the mind or the brain. You can have all of the head knowledge on the planet, but should the heart lack wisdom, it’s all just worldly junk, that in the end, becomes meaningless.
But the prating fool shall fall. Needless to say, these folks will not receive a commandment, because their heart isn’t wise. My guess is, that they’ve missed the boat on what the beginning of wisdom even is. As we know, the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.
A fool says in his heart,”there is no God.” That’s what the Word says. But this verse isn’t just limiting the fall being spoken of here to just foolish people.
verb (used without object), prated, prating.
1. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
2. to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
Some people do a ton of talking, without saying anything. Do you know the type? I sure do. A prating person has something to say about anything, and if they come to a topic that they have nothing good to say about, they’ll make stuff up.
The Lord gives us warning throughout the Word ab out the things we say. The one thing that the Lord got into my system several years ago, was that in the abundance of talk, there is no want of sin. The more the gums flap, the chances are greater of saying something that you shouldn’t, or even curse yourself or others (in a Biblical sense of the word “curse”).
So if we wanted to paraphrase what the scripture says above concerning “prating fools”, we could call them Godless people that won’t shut up. The scripture says that they shall fall. It’s hard to teach anyone anything when they won’t listen, and how can anyone listen if they won’t stop talking?
If you’re receiving the Word of God, and are receptive to the instruction that we find through it, congratulations! You’re on the right side of this piece of scripture!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 12: King James Bible
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Matthew 13: King James Bible
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
1 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
If ever we need you, it’s when it comes to blessing and cursing, by way of what comes from our own lips. Please help us to discern between the two, and grant us wisdom of heart. When you wish to tell or show us something, help us not to be prating about, but may our mouths close and our ears open; even the ears of our heart. All this Lord, so that we may serve you with more precision. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever known anyone who may have been wise of mind, but wasn’t wise in heart?