* WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION* 5~/27~/07 A.M.
*James 3:5-6 *Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
6 And the tongue /is/ a fire, a world of iniquity.
The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
*As humans we posses the weapons of mass destruction– mouth, tongue, lips, evil words, slanderous words, backbiting, gossip, deceit, slander *
24:2 *2 For their *heart devises violence, *
And their *lips talk of troublemaking.
18:21*21 *Death and life /are/ in the power of the tongue,*
19:16-18 *16 You shall not go about /as/ a *talebearer* among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I /am/ the Lord.
17 ‘You shall not *hate your brother in your heart*.
You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
18 You shall not take *vengeance,* nor *bear *any *grudge* against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I /am/ the Lord.
64:2-5*2 Hide me from the *secret plots* of the wicked,
From the *rebellion* of the workers of iniquity,
3 Who sharpen their *tongue like a sword,*
And bend /their bows to shoot/ *their arrows—bitter words,*
4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;
*Their destructive power*
52:2& 4* 2 Your tongue devises *destruction, *
Like a *sharp razor*, *working deceitfully*.
4 You love all *devouring* words,
/You/ deceitful tongue.
140:3 *3 They sharpen *their tongues* *like a serpent; *
The *poison *of asps */is/ under their lips.*
11:11*11 By the blessing of the upright *the city* is exalted,
But it *is overthrown* *by the mouth of the wicked.
12:18*18 There is one who *speaks like the piercings of a sword,*
But the tongue of the wise /promotes/ health.
15:4 *4 A wholesome *tongue* /is/ a tree of life,
But *perverseness in it breaks the spirit.*
16:27-30*27 An ungodly man digs up *evil, *
And */it is/ on his lips* *like a burning fire.*
28 A perverse man *sows strife,*
And *a whisperer* *separates the best of friends.*
29 A violent man *entices* his neighbor,
*And leads him in a way /that is/ not good.
30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
He purses *his lips* /and/ *brings about evil.*
17:9 *9 He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But *he who repeats a matter separates friends.*
26:21 *21 /As/ charcoal /is/ to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So /is/ a contentious man to *kindle strife.
26:28 *28 A lying tongue hates /those who are/ crushed by it,
And a flattering mouth *works ruin.*
10:11 *11 A serpent may *bite* when /it is/ not charmed;
The babbler is no different.
12:13*13 The wicked is *ensnared* by the transgression of /his/ lips,
17:20 *20 He who has a deceitful heart *finds no good, *
And he who has a perverse tongue *falls into evil.
*Isa. 32:6 *6 For the foolish person will speak *foolishness,*
And his *heart will work iniquity*:
To *practice ungodliness,*
To *utter error against the Lord, *
To *keep the hungry unsatisfied,*
And he will *cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
*James 3:5-12 *Even so the tongue is a little member and *boasts great things.*
See how *great a forest a little* *fire kindles*!
6 And *the tongue* */is/ a fire*, *a world of iniquity.*
The tongue is so set among our members that *it defiles the whole body*, and *sets on fire the course of nature*; and it is set on fire by hell.
7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
8 But no man can tame the tongue.
*/It is/ an unruly evil, full of deadly poison*.
9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we *curse men*, who have been made in the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring send forth fresh */water/ *and *bitter *from the same opening?
12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?
Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
*God’s declaration *
64:5 *5 They encourage themselves /in/ an evil matter;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
They say, *“Who will see them?” *
64:7-8 *7 But God shall *shoot at them /with/ an arrow; *
Suddenly *they shall be wounded*.
8 So *He will make them stumble over their own tongue;*
6:16-19 *6 *These *six */things/ the Lord hates,*
Yes, seven */are/ an abomination to Him:*
17 A proud look,