Can Words Be Like Drawn Swords?

Can Words Be Like Drawn Swords?

Can Words Be Like Drawn Swords?

By Mark Totilo

 Can Words Be Like Drawn Swords?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: California, where I lived for some time while enjoying my career in the United States Navy. One afternoon I braved the offices of the Department of Motor Vehicle to renew the registration on my car. While standing in line I noticed the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen in front of me. Just as I was about to speak with her, she opened her mouth first. The profanity laced tirade she launched into would do a sailor proud.


Some of the most vial word’s I’ve ever heard shot from her mouth like a missile. You could actually feel the force of those words hitting you as she spewed all over everyone in that line. Her toe curling words were like a sword stabbing in to my heart.


Right before my eyes I saw the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen transform in to the ugliest woman I’d ever seen in my life. I kept looking at her trying to find that beautiful woman I saw when I walked in there. She was no where to be found.


I was reminded of this story the other day when I came across this scripture in the book of Proverbs.


Proverbs 11:22   As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.


The Hebrew word of discretion is, 2940  ta`am {tah’-am}  and means taste or judgment. It is synonymous with tactfulness, which obviously this woman did not have.


That picture has stuck with me these many years later, because it is such an illustration of what is in heart by what comes out of the mouth. Yeshua (Jesus) said in:


Luke 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.


Lately, I’ve been seeing in my studies a trend toward the heart and have felt the need to reexamine my own heart. Scriptures have been jumping off the page at me like Mexican jumping beans regarding this topic. As a matter of fact, looking over the last few devotions there seems to be some redundancy, but I feel very strongly to continue the topic.


Words are so powerful that they can bring healing and gladness.


Proverbs 12:25  Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.


Proverbs 25:11  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.


Words also command the power to hurt and destroy.


Proverbs 12:18   There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword:


Our words can be like be like drawn swords, piercing the hearts of those they are directed at. Proverbs 12:18 has a flip side to it which says: but the tongue of the wise is health. Positive words have the power to do good.


Proverbs 25:15  and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.


Solomon juxtaposed a jewel of gold in a pig’s snout to contrast something beautiful and clean with an unclean, fowl, tactless, undiscerning woman to show us the power of wisdom verses folly.


Proverbs 25:12  As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.


In conclusion, there are those who masquerade being wise, but all you have to do is wait for them to open their mouths to place on display their foolishness. When a vile person opens his mouth it is like unsheathing and brandishing a sword. That woman I saw that day in the DMV was perfect in every way outwardly, but she was catastrophically flawed inwardly.


Proverbs 15:1-2  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.  2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.


About the Author: Mark Totilo is a writer, video and audio producer, bible teacher and owner of Professional Communications. He is a US Navy veteran, trained as an Electronics Technician and in NBC warfare. Mark has recently released his first novel, Double Salute and has published articles in Christian national sports magazine, such as Sports Spectrum and Sharing the Victory. He also writes a blog about the United States Navy and can be found at


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