All the words of my mouth are just; there is nothing twisted or perverse in them. – Proverbs 8:8
Psalm 34:13 tells us “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” Our words, according to this proverb, should be “just” (ṣeḏeq) meaning what is right and true. Our words should not be “twisted” (pāṯal) meaning excessively lengthy and complex, difficult to deal with. Nor should they be “perverse” (ʿiqqēš) that which alters something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended. We are living in a time when the media, government, and trend-setters attempt to redefine the meaning of words on an almost daily basis. But when we “pervert” the meaning of words, we bring about confusion and are open to deception. But God’s word is steadfast. It is unchanging… just as He is unchanging. Matthew 24:35 says “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Words are not empty. They have meaning and power. God created the heavens and the earth by the power of His word. Scripture commands us to not use words lightly, but to make sure that they reflect the Holy Spirit who indwells in us. Guard carefully what comes out of your mouth today. Proverbs 18:21 tells us “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Speak life. Speak truth. Speak love.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. - Psalm 19:14