At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Ps. 16: 11)
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:Proverbs 15:28
But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
As happens a lot in Proverbs, the contrast between righteousness and wickedness is sharp. In this contrast, we have the obvious one between the righteous and the wicked. But it goes a step beyond this—the contrast is between the heart of the righteous and the mouth of the wicked.
A problem or question has apparently been posed, and the heart of the righteous thinks about how to answer. Righteousness does not blurt. The word for “studieth” can mean growl or mutter, or meditate, or imagine. One gets the picture of a wise man working through a difficult problem, talking to himself as he goes. His heart is hot, a wisdom forge, and he doesn’t bring out his words until they are ready.
But the mouth of the wicked is filled up and ready to go now. The mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. If you want an answer now, he has an answer for you now. The quality is crappy, but delivery is prompt.
With the righteous, there is a solid consistency that runs from the heart through the mouth, and then to the outside world. With the wicked, the answer is in his mouth already, and may bear no relationship to what he really believes or, for that matter, any relationship to how things are out in the world.
The righteous is slower to speak, but what he says comes from the heart, and what he says has been “growled over.” He shares this with you, not because it was his turn to talk, but rather because he believes that he has a word for you in season.