The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
This is similar to Proverbs 10:6 — Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
As Christians who seek to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, we are truly blessed. We are told that those who love the Son and seek to keep His commandments will receive the Holy Spirit, and that God will reveal Himself to us. We are told that we will receive a fountain of living water that will spring up out of us into everlasting life.
The words that we speak should be of this well of life; they should be righteous. The more we learn to trust in Jesus and not Man, the more we learn of the ways of Jesus, the more we love His ways, the more we are conformed to His image, the more this well of life should be coming out of us.
Conversely, we know that violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
I think this means that their mouth is one that is covered in violence, like a filter of filth that all their words come through and are therewith contaminated. I cannot help but think about the mask mandates these days. It is fitting.
I think this also means that their mouth, which is so accustomed to violence and so loves it, will be stopped with violence. As Jesus says, “he that leads into captivity must go into captivity. He that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.”
As Christians, the only covering we need is the covering of the Spirit of God—and the more we trust in Him, the more we will speak His words—and these are words of life to those who are of life. As it is written, “to some it is the savor of life unto life, to others the savor of death unto death.” Those who love death hate the words of life. To them, it is violence, and therewith they will be stopped.
“This is my covenant with them, saith the Lord: My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.”
Jesus alone is our redeemer. Not governments. Not our church buildings and exalted men and women of God. Not our houses. Not our jobs. Not our families. Jesus alone. He must come first, and He will come first. All things that are exalted in our life above Him will be thrown down, and this is a blessing for many who do not realize just how much they have aligned themselves with man.
When that great image of Man is made, many will see and know suddenly, and they will turn to Jesus more fully. However, if our lamps are too empty, we will not see. So, let’s continue to fill our lamps while we have time to do so. “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor like yourself.”