“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (1 Peter 3:10)
Psalm 34:13 is listed twice in the Bible: once in Psalm 34:13 and again in 1 Peter 3:10. There is one minor difference in the way these scriptures are listed in the Bible. In Psalm 34, the reader is instructed to “keep” their tongue from evil while in 1 Peter the reader is instructed to “refrain” his tongue from evil. The usage of the word “keep” in Psalm 34:13 implies that one should guard or watch their tongue. Watching our tongue means that we are mindful of the things that we say and the way that we say it. Our tongue is a powerful weapon and more deadly than high-power guns… It can destroy a kingdom or tear a man down – if it is not guarded and watched carefully.
In 1 Peter 3:10, “refrain” is translated as the word “pauō” in the original Greek language. This word means “to stop” or “come to an end.” In essence, what Peter is telling his readers is this: if we desire to live a long life, we must cause the evil nature of our tongue to come to an end. Sounds difficult, right? It is. Because of our evil, wicked sin nature, on our own, we can never come to a point where we could completely bring our evil speech to an complete end.
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