An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
and so deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snareto their very lives.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
My father prided himself in being shallow. He would say some profound things, but often he would just retreat into shallow sarcasm or silence. My soul was parched. I wanted my father to talk to me about existential questions of life and death. I wanted him to connect with me on a deep level. He was resolutely shallow in his communication, but it covered over deep issues of insecurity, self-doubt, and disorientation.
To follow God clears a way to deep pools of living water. There is a depth that is not dull. God is interested in the day-to-day world but he shows us the connection of each moment to the cosmos. Jesus is with us and Jesus is the Word through whom the universe was created. Jesus shows us how God is with us and transecnds us at all times. We live in a physical world of busyness and materialism, but our speech should reflect insight that there are ultimate questions of meaning to be asked. The answers are all found in God.
- What is satisfying about deep speech?
- Where does shallow speech take us?
- How deeply does gossip satisfy?
- What does the modern love of gossip show about the depths of the modern heart?
- How do we have conversations with God that are truly satisfying?