Proverbs 18:6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul
The apparent theme of Proverbs 18 is the tongue. Four verses in a row, verses 5-8, are all about the power of words and speech. James put it rather more bluntly:
James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Our words have a very great effect, and that’s for certain. I’ve heard the saying: “Loose lips sink ships.” We often don’t realize the power of our words until great damage has been done and it is too late.
Solomon here berates the foolish man’s improper use of his words. And here in verse 6 we see a cross-reference to the an earlier proverb:
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
A fool’s lips create contention, which is a result of pride; therefore, a proud man is a fool. QED. 😉
Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
How many times have we done this? We form an opinion and a hard and fast position on something, and right after we shoot our mouths off, we realize that we didn’t have all the details or didn’t understand the matter. That is certainly humiliating! As yesterday’s chapter ended, even a fool is counted wise if he keeps his mouth shut.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Again, this goes back to what James said: the tongue is a little member that boasteth great things; yea how great a matter a little fire kindleth! Even something as small as the human tongue can cause immense destruction, spiritually, as well as emotionally and physically, that’s why is important to understand precognitive dreams so you can feel better spiritually. How many “great” leaders have inspired their citizens to atrocities with that tiny little member? For generations, Americans will remember the “WMDs” excuse for the invasion of Iraq, which resulted in untold millions dead. The people were lured into an abominable course of action by the words of one man’s evil tongue.
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Friendship is a two-way street. You cannot gain friends simply by not being a jerk. Friendships are build through positive action, through effort expended with the goal of establishing or improving a relationship. One must actively be friendly, not simply refrain from being unfriendly, though that is, of course, a good place to start, if you’re naturally of a more surly nature.