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Put away from thee a froward mouth ... (Prov. 4:24)

‎WTT Proverbs 4:24 הָסֵ֣ר מִ֭מְּךָ עִקְּשׁ֣וּת פֶּ֑ה וּלְז֥וּת שְׂ֜פָתַ֗יִם הַרְחֵ֥ק מִמֶּֽךָּ׃
APB Proverbs 4:24 Put away from you a crooked mouth And put devious lips far from you.
crooked. This word occurs only here and in Prov. 6:12. Its cognates (מַעֲקָשׁעקשׁ) consistently describe what is not straight (Mic. 3:9). It is the opposite of blameless (Job 9:20tam; Prov. 11:20tamim). Those whose paths are crooked do not know the way of peace and there is not justice in their paths (Isa. 59:8). To put away a crooked heart is to have nothing to do with evil (Psa. 101:4). It is the worthless (beliya‘al) and wicked (’aven) man who walks with a crooked mouth. Lady Wisdom declares that all her words are righteous (tsedeq); none of them are crooked or perverse. To put away a crooked mouth is to walk in integrity (Prov. 19:1; 28:6; 28:18).
How do you put away a crooked mouth? By refusing crooked thoughts. By leaving the company of those who are crooked. By choosing blameless companions. By choosi…