Sweet. Delicious. Mouthwatering. And no calories. Not a one.
That’s our tasty verse from Proverbs, a divine recipe for good health.
Reach for a spoon, beloved.
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are… Proverbs 16:24
What if the only words we spoke to one another were “pleasant” (LEB) and “kind” (CEV) and “fair” (GNV)?
How would it change things if we filled the air with “gracious speech” (MSG)? With carefully chosen and “well ordered” (DRA) words? With nothing spoken out of anger or pain or frustration or guilt?
And what if we used our words to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11), rather than discourage and tear each other down?
You know the answer. The world would be forever changed. The enemy of our souls would be completely undone.
Graciousness. Delightfulness. Favor. Beauty. That’s what this Hebrew word, noam, means. “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us” (Psalm 90:17). Especially upon our mouths, Lord. Please.
There is a brief moment, a mere nanosecond, between when we think a word, then speak that word. A slender space between cursing and blessing, between evil and good.
What if we took the slightest breath, the faintest pause, and gave that window of time to God? Just think what might happen!
…a honeycomb,… Proverbs 16:24
Few verses are as flavorful as this one. So sweet, you can almost taste the “flowing honey” (CEB), catch the fragrant aroma of “clover” (MSG), feel the smooth “liquid” (EXB) on your tongue.
- Stirring a spoonful of golden honey into a cup of hot tea
- Skimming a knife laden with honey across warm, buttered toast
- Drizzling a dollop of honey over steaming porridge
Are you hungry yet? I believe that is God’s desire in this verse from Proverbs. To whet our appetite for His Word, so our own words will be sweeter. To make us eager to taste, chew, swallow, and digest the banquet He has prepared for us.
David described God’s commands as “sweeter than honey” (Psalm 19:10). And when God told Ezekiel to consume a scroll covered with His words, the prophet confessed, “I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth” (Ezekiel 3:3).
Here’s what happens when we feast on God’s Word: our words will echo His.
Mmm mmm good.
…sweet to the soul… Proverbs 16:24
When someone speaks a kind word to you, what happens, inside and out? How does it make you feel? think? How does it change you?
That encouragement to your soul becomes “sweet to the mind” (AMP). Negative thoughts are banished, as Christ-like thoughts surface and “cheer you up” (CEV).
Heaviness gives way to lightness. Fretfulness dissolves into peace.
This is why God wants us to dine on His Word. Not just because it’s good for us, but because it is good. And it is for us. It makes us spiritually healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Wellness doesn’t get any better than this.
…and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
I realize, when it comes to Bible study, you are all in, because…well, you’re here, right?
My goal each week is to prepare a quick meal for us from His Word, knowing it provides “medicine to the bones” (JUB) and a source of “energy for the body” (MSG). When you are feeling weak, God’s Word makes you “strong” (CEV). If your joy is depleting, God’s wisdom will be “invigorating” (NABRE).
Above all, His Word will “bring healing to the body” (NIRV). For a powerful example, check out Christine Caine’s story—this week’s must-read.
May you, too, experience the Hebrew word marpe—“a healing, a cure”—and speak healing words to everyone who crosses your path this day.
Now it’s your turn
- How could you make your words more gracious, more kind?
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Meanwhile, your free Printable of Proverbs 16:24 is ready to download. One way to sweeten your speech might be posting this printable where you can see it. :>)
Lord willing, I’ll be posting again later this week, so we’ll be back on track for our Wednesday-only visits. Woo hoo!
Your grateful sister, Liz