“Foot and Mouth Disease” does not just affect cattle. On many occasions we stick our foot in our mouth, when we speak. In our scripture reading for today two types of speech are contrasted…the lying flattery of the ungodly, and the word of God which is reliable and lasts forever!
“Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts. May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—those who say, ‘By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?’
“’Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the Lord. ‘I will protect them from those who malign them.’ And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.”