Child sticking out his tongue, Author Augusto Starita (GNU Free Documentation License) (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)
“Their tongue is an arrow shot out; It speaks deceit…” (Jer. 9: 8).
The Bible does not favor the tongue much. That organ is instead described as crafty (Job 15: 5), lying (Ps. 109: 2), false (Ps. 120: 3), divided (Ps. 55: 9), and deceitful (Ps. 52: 4). Job called it a scourge (Job 5: 21), with evil hidden beneath the sweetness (Job 12: 20).
As abuse victims, we experienced this firsthand. The full force of the tongue was directed against us. We were vilified and demeaned by our abusers, humiliated and reviled without a chance to defend ourselves.
Into the Marrow
“And their tongue [is] a sharp sword” (Ps. 57: 4).
Words can cut deeply, especially since children do not weigh their veracity.
Worse still, hurtful words can be…
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