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Updated: Mar 11, 2022


Philosophy View of Words

A speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates.

A meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use.

The entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements.

A written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word.

Any segment of written or printed discourse ordinarily appearing between spaces or between a space and a punctuation mark.

A single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence, and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

A command, password, or signal.

One's account of the truth, especially when it differs from that of another person.

Biblical View of Words

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalms 19:14

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Matthew 12:37

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:17

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Ephesians 4:29

Most of us as we grew up, would hear family members or neighbours use negative and unkind words to loved ones which had adverse effects I am sure. Negative words can wound . There are some who would use kinds words which could impact your life in a positive way. Words can lift up or they can tear down so never underestimate the power of your words or the words of someone else.

In the Bible we can see many Scriptures with words spoken by God. John is the author of the book of John, it is one of the Synoptic Gospels, he gave us a beautiful example in John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1 KJV

There is no doubt that God made the whole world by just speaking it into existence or calling it into being. In the book of Genesis chapter1 we can see the very first words of God. Some of us might be thinking to ourselves “we are not God” You are right, but we were made in His image. Surely, we can't do what God does but we do have the power and the authority to do what He commands us to do.

There are instructions throughout the Bible of how we should use our words for good and not for evil. According to Proverbs 18:21- it tells us that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, he wrote that "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:21 KJV

Basic Anatomy Of The Tongue

I want to give you a little biological fact about the tongue, it is a muscular humidistat that forms part of the floor of the oral cavity. The left and right sides of the tongue are separated by a vertical section of fibrous tissue known as the lingual septum. This division is along the length of the tongue save for the very back of the pharyngeal part and is visible as a groove called the median sulcus. The human tongue is divided into anterior and posterior parts by the terminal sulcus which is a V-shaped groove.

1. The anterior oral part is the visible part situated at the front and makes up roughly two-thirds the length of the tongue.

2. The posterior pharyngeal part is the part closest to the throat, roughly one-third of its length. These parts differ in terms of their embryological development and nerve supply.

The anterior tongue is at its apex, thin and narrow. It is directed forward against the lingual surfaces of the lower incisor teeth. The posterior part is at its root directed backward, and connected with the hyoid bone by the hyoglossi and genioglossi muscles and the hypoglossal membrane with the epiglottis by three gloss epiglottic folds of mucous membrane, with the soft palate by the gloss palatine arches and with the pharynx by the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle and the mucous membrane. It also forms the anterior wall of the oropharynx.

The average length of the human tongue from the oropharynx to the tip is 10 cm. The average weight of the human tongue from adult males is 70g and for adult females 60g. In phonetics and phonology, a distinction is made between the tip of the tongue and the blade. Sounds made with the tongue tip are said to be apical, while those made with the tongue blade are said to be laminal.

• Greek word for Tongue--- γλώσσα

• Hebrew word for Tongue---- לשון

• The word tongue derives from the Old English--- tunge

James is the brother of Jesus; he devoted his entire Chapter 3 In the book of James comparing how small the tongue is and the mighty things it can do if we do not control it. Our words are very powerful it is like boomerangs, meaning an effect of a feedback loop or cycle where events come back positively or negatively. The words we speak from our mouth can come back to strike us and cause harm to others. We can also impose curses on ourselves and others by the words we speak.

Hebrews 4 :12- reminds us of how powerful our words are, the scripture also emphasised that our words are sharper than a two-edged sword. People always forget that words can bring self-imposed curses. That simply means you can curse your own self and others by the words we speak.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrew 4:12 KJV


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