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Speak truth by Your Words
and by Your life, You live
Proverbs 4:24 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
Put away from you crooked speech: The Hebrew for put away (sûr) is to remove something concrete or abstract, to take it away, to cause it to go away. Crooked (ʿiq·qešûṯ) speech is literally “crookedness of mouth.” Crooked speech is unwise speech in that it is false speech, lies, and deception. This speech is a perversion, a moral corruptness that deviates from what is right and just. The true servant of God speaks the truth by his words and by the life he lives.
And put devious talk far from you: The Hebrew for devious (lā·zûṯ) talk is perverse and corrupt, deceitful and underhanded, any kind of speech that is misleading, untrue, or deviates from an acceptable moral standard. The second line here is simply expanding on the first lines as it also repeats it.
Once the heart or the inner person is protected from the wicked thinking, Solomon moves on to what one says, crooked speech. However, we are not moving too far from the heart, as Jesus said, “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.” (Matt. 15:18) We must avoid speech that is misleading with untruth or stained with deceitfulness.