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					Lashon Hara-The Evil Tongue
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Does Your Tongue Need Healing?

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Lashon Hora (lit. evil talk) is defined as information which is either drogatory‟ or potentially harful‟to another individual. A derogatory statement about someone is Lashon Hara, even it it will definitely not cause that person any harm. To focus on the shortcomings of another person is in itself wrong. A statement that could potentially bring harm to someone-be it financially, physical, psychological or otherwise-is Lashon Hara.

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The harm done by speech is even worse than the harm done by stealing or by cheating someone financially, because amends can be made for monetary harms, but the harm done by speech can never be repaired

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Speech has been compared to an arrow: once the words are released, like an arrow, they cannot be recalled, the harm they do cannot be stopped, and the harm they do cannot always be predicted, for words like arrows often go astray

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Tale-bearing is, essentially, any gossip. The Hebrew word for tale-bearer is “rakheel” (ReshKaf-Yod-Lamed), which is related to a word meaning trader or merchant. The idea is that a tale-bearer is like a merchant, but he deals in information instead of goods. In our modern “Information Age”, the idea of information as a product has become more clear than ever before, yet it is present even here in the Torah.”

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The person who listens to gossip is even worse than the person who tells it, because no harm could be done by gossip if no one listened to it. It has been said that lashon ha-ra (disparaging speech) kills three: the person who speaks it, the person who hears it, and the person whom it is told.

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Leviticus 25:17 – “You shall not wrong one another” This has traditionally been interpreted as wronging a person with speech. It includes any statement that will embarrass, insult or deceive a person, or cause a person emotional pain or distress.

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Some commonly-used examples of behavior that is forbidden by this mitzvah – Lev. 25:17 “You shall not wrong one another” You may not call a person by a derogatory nickname, or by any other embarrassing name, even if he is used to it. You may not ask an uneducated person for an opinion on a scholarly matter (that would draw attention to his lack of knowledge or education) You may not ask a merchant how much he would sell something for if you have no intention of buying.

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Some commonly-used examples of behavior that is forbidden by this mitzvah – Lev. 25:17 “You shall not wrong one another” You may not refer someone to another person for assistance when you know the other person cannot help (In other words, it‟s a violation of Jewish Law to give someone the run around. You may not deceive a person, even if no harm is done by the deception; for example, you may not sell non-kosher meat to a non-Jew telling him that it is Kosher, even though non harm is done to the non-Jew by this deception.

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Some commonly-used examples of behavior that is forbidden by this mitzvah – Lev. 25:17 “You shall not wrong one another” You may not sell a person damaged goods without identifying the damage, even if the price you give is fair for the goods in their damaged condition. You may not offer a person a gift or invite a person to dinner if you know that the person will not accept. You may not compliment a person if you do not mean it.

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One must carefully evaluate a situation before talking about it, for at the moment that he speaks he is in grave danger of transgressing the laws of Lashon Hara, if he does not guard himself with regard to all the conditions….In this regard we can say :Life an death are in the power of the tonque. If one does not think before he starts speaking about an issue, and consider how to divulge the information, he will certainly falter. Heaven forbid, because when he does communicate the matter his anger will get the better of him and incite him to say more than he should. Halashon-Hilchot Lashon Hara 10:15 – E. Soloman

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Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  Psa 34:12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?  Psa 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
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Pro 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction Pro 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

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Pro 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.  Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
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Everyone of us has seven openings in our head 7 Openings
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2 eyes 2 ears 2 nostrils 1 Mouth- God knew one was more then enough!

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Food For The Soul
The human body is composed of 248 organs and 365 sinews, corresponding with these are the 248 spiritual organs and 365 spiritual sinews of the soul. The various parts of the body are referred to as “Clothing” and „Covering” for they clothe and cover the soul within men. Each physical organ corresponds to a specific aspect of the soul.

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YHWH/God has given us 248 positive commandments and 365 negative commandments which relate to the particular parts of the body with which they are performed. By performing a given „Mitzvot” through a given organ, a spiritual light comes to rest upon the corresponding component of the soul, it is from this light that this component draws eternal vitality.

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Thus, when a person fulfulls all of the Torah‟s commandments, he transforms himself into an adam hashaleim, man of spiritual perfection, whose every fiber is sanctified unto YHWH/God. The converse is true as well. If a person commits a transgression and does not repent for it, then the component of the soul which corresponds to that prohibition will suffer accordingly.  (Sefer Shmiras Haloshon)

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Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

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James/Ya’akov 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

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Psalms 34:11-13 The fear of the Lord begins with “The Tongue”- We cannot really have good lives if we do not control our tongues and our lips

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Proverbs 13:3
Your soul is your whole personality. It is the real you. This is the area where weaknesses will be manifested first and where the enemy will gain access first. If you want to guard your soul, you must guard your lips. But if you speak rashly, you will come to ruin. The alternatives are very clear. If you control your tongue, then you have protection; but if your tongue gets out of control and you are not master of your words, then the end is ruin. It si so clear, there are no blurred edges.

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Proverbs 21:23

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If you guard your mouth and tongue, then you guard your soul and life. Your are SAFE!

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Proverbs 15:4 - Lit Hebrew “The healing of the Tongue”
“The healing of the tongue is a tree of life”. Notice again the close connection between life and the correct use of the tongue. The alternative is “perverseness, therein is a breach in the spirit” Perverseness means “The wrong use”. The misuse of the tongue is a breach, or a leak, in the spirit.
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DO YOU LEAK?

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DO YOU LEAK? You must keep a tight reign on your tongue, if you are going to contain the blessing of the Lord. It is one thing to be blessed, it is another thing to contain the blessings. PLUG UP THOSE LEAKS!

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Proverbs 18:21 The tongue is the decisive member, Death and Life are in the power of the tongue. You will reap what you sow

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Galatians 6:7 Reaping and Sowing
Derrick Prince “There‟s a warning against deceiving ourselves, imagining that we can sow on thing and reap something different. Imagining that we can get away with things that God won‟t see, that we won‟t be caught up with the consequences of our actions. The Bible warns us this is not so. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. If we sow bitter words, we will reap bitter words. But if we sow peace, we will reap peace, if we sow love we will reap love etc.

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Derrick Prince Cont. Are you dissatisfied with your life? Are you dissatisfied with the way that things are? Remember that what you are reaping is the result of what you have sown. If you want to reap differently, you‟ll have to begin to sow differently.

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Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Mat 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Mat 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

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Luk 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

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Lashon Hara-evil talk. In its general sense, the term refers to various forms of speech prohibited by the Torah. Specifically, it refers to speech which is derogatory or harmful in nature. Shimras Haloshon-lit. guarding the tongue, the quality of excercising caution in matters of speech so that one‟s words are in consonance with Torah‟s commandments relating to speech.

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Matthew 12: 34b ”...For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When the heart is filled, it overflows through the mouth, and that overflow tells us the real condition of the heart.

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Mt 12:36 "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. The phrase “every idle word” when taken back to the Greek (which originally was translated from the Hebrew), actually reads “every useless argument”. This word “useless” is not well understood by most Westerners. The definition of “useless” is “If it does not bring glory, honor and praise to YHWH Elohim” Therefore if it does not bring glory, honor and praise to YHWH, then it is an “Idle Word” Norman Willis

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The Talmud (Jewish Commentary) tells us that the tongue is an instrument so dangerous that it must be kept hidden from view, behind two protective walls (the mouth and teeth) to prevent its misuse. Mikahael Ben Moshe

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By Making others feel important, we build them up, as if to say, „Your existence is necessary”. This is life giving and life-affirming. One of the great American Rabbis of the past generation, Rabbi Shlomo Freifeld, was known to have brought a neighbor back to YHWH and Torah observance simply by caring enough to say “good morning‟. On the other hand, speech can also be used to destroy. Words like “you‟re worthless” wipes out a person‟s self esteem. The Talmud (arachin 15b) explains that negative speech is even worse then a sword since it kills many people, even at a great distance. Mikahael Ben Moshe

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A Chasidic tale illustrates the point: A man went about the community telling malicious lies about his Rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the Rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends. The Rabbi told the man, “take a feather pillow, cut it open, and scatter the feathers to the winds” The man thought that this was a strange request, but it was a simple enough task, and he did it gladly. When he returned to tell the Rabbi that he had done it, the Rabbi now said, “Now go and gather the feathers. Because you can no more make amends for the damage your words have done than you can recollect the feathers”.

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Evil speaking of another has been compared to an arrow that once released cannot be stopped or recalled. Likewise, the words spoken once released cannot be stopped from harming their intended target. The character and soul of another. Mikahael Ben Moshe

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We who are attempting to walk in obedience to Torah (through Yeshua the Living Torah) must correct our speech, change our habits, and learn to walk circumspectly before YHWH and men. Western Christianity has evolved into a system that strongly preaches what one believes, but that belief system is not necessarily expressed in everyday living.

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Early Biblical Judaism is contrary to this lifestyle. It is not what one believed that was preached, but rather, how he lives. The words that proceed from the mouth show his belief system.

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What would motivate one person to speak badly about another? Low self-esteem. When a person feels down about themselves, there are two ways to feel better with themselves. #1) Make the effort to work to build oneself up (this is a lot of hard work)

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#2) Put others down. (the reasoning being, if I can loser others, then I don‟t look so bad by comparrision!)

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That‟s the easy way, the „quick high” But is that the kind of person you want to be”? Are those the Words you want YHWH do hear come out of your mouth?

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James/Ya‟akov 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.

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James/Ya‟acov 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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Jas 3:1 ¶ My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

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James/Ya‟acov 3:3 Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

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James/Ya‟akov 3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

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James/Ya‟akov 3:13 ¶ Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

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James/Ya‟acov4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 11 ¶ Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

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WORDS DETERMINE YOUR DESTINY!

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The first step in avoiding Lashon Hara is to recognize our own faults and commit to improving on them. When I accept that I alone am responsible for my inadequacies, then I will similarly be less critical and more tolerant of others. If you find yourself getting “Down” about yourself or others, try focusing away from negativity. The Torah says: “Don‟t take the easy way out; Feeling down? Work hard to improve yourself (Mikahael Ben Moshe)

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Pro 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. “Keepeth his soul from troubles” Soul –Hebrew – Nephesh- Mind, Will and Emotions. Are you having mental and emotional problems? What is coming out of your mouth?
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Most who are taking hold of the faith or our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will find that they can be very successful in regard to the Shabbat, koser eating, and the starting places of a walk in Torah as described in Acts 15:28-29.

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Act 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well, Fare ye well.

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One of the most commonly violated segments of Torah, and perhaps the most difficult to gain mastery in, are the laws regarding Lashon Hara or the evil tonque. This is a very important area of Torah; few men master the Yetzer har (evil inclination). Disharmony will remain, and the full light of YHWH cannot be found in this life without master over Lashon Hara, an evil and gossiping tonque. (Mikahael Ben Moshe)

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Jam 3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Jam 3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Jam 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

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Jam 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. Jam 3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

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Jam 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Jam 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Jam 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

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Jam 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Jam 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Jam 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. Jam 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

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Spirituality is not measured by how well we expose an offender, but how effectively we facilitate the restoration of the offender. Dr. Michael Sedler Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

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Stop and think of the times you have heard negative things about a person. Doesn‟t it cloud your perspective? The next time you see the person who was bludgeoned with words, do you see them the same way as before? Prior to going to a new congregation, if I were to tell you negative things about the pastor, people or worship music, would it impact you?

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How about at work? If you heard critical statements about your boss, supervisor or coworkers, would you see them with an open heart and mind? It is my contention, that congregations have been split, businesses destroyed and even marriages injured by the power of the spoken word. Dr. Michael Sedler

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Lashon Hara is any degrogatory or damaging statement against an individual. In Hilchot Deto 7:5, Maemonides supplies a litmus test for determining whether something is or isn‟t Losohn Hora:

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Litmus Test: Anything which, if it would be publicized, would cause the subject physical or monetary damage, or would cause him anguish or fear is Lashon Hara.

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Men determine their own destinies by the way they use their tongues. Numbers 13:26-28 God arranged with Moses to send 12 men ahead of them to spy out the land: to find out its general character, the nature of the inhabitants, the kind of cities, the kind of fruit, and to bring back a report. One leader from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel.

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When God gives you a promise, are you going to accept the promise at its face value, or are you going to accept it and then say “NEVERTHELESS”? That was a fatal word that caused the people to be disturbed and distressed. Two of the spies, however, Caleb and Joshua, refused to go along with this negative attitude.
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Caleb and Joshua said” We are well able to overcome it” The Other Ten Spies said “We be not able” Each group got exactly what they said. Numbers 14:20-24

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Numbers 14: 26-32 “As you have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you” God is saying in effect. “You have settled what I will do to you by the words that you have spoken” Death and Life are in the power of the tongue - How much more clearly is it illustrated?

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Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

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Next Week Six (6) Diseases Of The Tongue
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Excessive Talking Idle Or Careless Words Gossip Lying Flattery Hastiness Of Speech

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Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD. “Lo relech rachil b‟ameicha” This is a basic prohibition against speaking Lashon Hara - E. Soloman Torah.org

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Leviticus 19:14 “Lifnel „lver lo titen michshol” 'You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD. One who involves himself in Lashon Hara is helping others to violate the prohibtions as well. E. Soloman Torah .org

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Deuteronomy 24:9 - “Zachor et asher asa H‟Elokeicha l‟ Miriam” Deuteronomy 24:8 - “Take heed concerning the plague of leprosy” because it is a punishment for Lashon Hara "Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam on the way when you came out of Egypt When Miriam spoke negatively against her brother Moses, she was afflicted with tzara‟at (Leprosy). E. Soloman Torah.org

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Leviticus 19:18 “V‟ahavat l‟rei‟echa kamocha” 'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. This is the source of the “do unto other” rule; that we should treat others the way we would want to be treated. E. Soloman Torah.org

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There are several other commandments that directly address “gossip”
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Leviticus 25:17-”You shall not wrong one another” which the Talmud (Bava Metzia 58b) explains that this means saying anything that will insult or anger someone

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There are several other commandments that directly address “gossip”
DeuteronomyDe 19:15 "One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. Because, unlike in a court for monetary matters, the testimony of a solitary witness is not binding, so that his testimony damages the defendants reputation without any beneficial result
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Several other commandments are more general, yet in certain circumstances apply when Lashon Hara(evil speaking) or Rechilut(gossip) is spoken  Exodus 23:1- “You shall not utter a false report”.  Acceptance of a false report also follows from this

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Levitiucs 19:12- “You shall not hate your brother in your heart” referring to contradictory behavior such as acting friendly but then speaking negatively about him behind his back.

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Leviticus 19:18 - “You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the children of your people”. Such as speaking against someone in anger for something that was done against the speaker

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Leviticus 19:17-”You shall rebuke you neighbor and you shall not bear sin because of him” This verse contains 2 mitzvot:
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Stop someone from speaking Lashon Hara (among other interpretations), and don‟t embarrass him in the process.

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Leviticus 19”18 - “Love your neighbor as yourself” Numbers 17:5 -”You shall not act similar to Korach and his company” who sustained a dispute Deuteronomy 10:20-”To Him (and by implications his wise ones) shall you cleave.”
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In other words-Cleave to God and cleave to those who walk according to His Word.

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Exodus 23:2 - “You shall not follow a multitude to do evil”.
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The previous and above commandments refer to keeping good company, which includes those who will refrain from improper subjects in their discussions.

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Six specific diseases that commonly infect our lives through the misuse of our tongues can, some cases, be fatal if left unchecked…..
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Excessive Talking Idle Or Careless Words Gossip Lying Flattery Hastiness Of Speech

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Disease Number One:
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Excessive Talking This disease is so common that people accept it as normal when it is not. Proverbs 10:9 ¶ In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
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In other words, if you say too much, you are bound to say something wrong. There is not alternatives

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We are also warned in the Bible not to use too many words toward God Himself..
Ecclesiatstes 5:1-2 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. Ec 5:2 Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.

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Ecc 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
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When you hear a person continually talking, you need no other evidence: that person is a fool James 3:8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

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Derrick Prince
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People who are always talking are restless people, and our contemporary culture is filled with them. Excessive talking is a sure indication of someone whose heart is not at rest

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Disease Number Two
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Idle or Careless Words
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In Matthew 12: 36 Yeshua says Matt 12:36 "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. An idle word is anything that does not bring glory and praise to God

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Derrick Prince
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“One day we are going to have to answer for every word we have spoken. We are going to have to answer for words that were idle, insincere, that we did not really mean, that we were not prepared to stand behind, or that were not worked out in our lives.”  Matt 5:37 "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

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Derrick Prince
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“ That is an astonishing statement, if we say more than we mean, then the exaggeration (unnecessary emphasis or overdoing) in our speech comes from the evil one. Let me sum it up in just one simple word of advise
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IF YOU DON‟T MEAN IT DON‟T SAY IT! IF
you follow that one rule, I promise you, it will change your whole life. You will be a different person. If you would keep that rule for one year...

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Disease Number Three
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Gossip Lev 19:16 'You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD. Going about spreading slander-idle, untrue, exaggerated, malicious talk - is gossip

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The very title of Ha Satan in the Brit HaDasha, the word rendered, “devil” means “a slanderer‟ in Greek. That is its root meaning and the main description of Ha Satan in the Bible. If you gossip or tell tales, you are actually doing Ha Satan‟s work for him. You are a representative of Satan

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Not only must we be careful not to give out gossip, we have a responsibility not to receive (be an accessory to) gossip also.
Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body.  Pr 20:19 ¶ He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.

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Psalm 15:1 ¶ << Psalm of David.>> LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? 2 He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;  3 He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;

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There are several requirements for access to God‟s presence, in order to “dwell in His holy hill”
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We must walk with integrity We must work righteousness We must speak the truth in our hearts

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There are three things we must not do as well
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We must not slander with our tongues We must not do evil to our neighbor We must not not take up a reproach, or receive a reproach, against our friends
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We must not eat those choice morsels of the gossip because they are poison, and many relationships are poisoned by eating them

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Disease Number Four:
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Lying

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Pr 6:16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

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Out of those seven specific things that the Lord hates, there are three that are related to the tongue.
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A lying tongue A false witness A man who stirs up dissension among brothers

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This is stated again in Proverbs 12:22
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Pr 12:22 ¶ Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight. The Lord “DETESTS” lying lips The Lord “DELIGHTS” in truthfulness THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN-EVERY LIE COMES FROM HA SATAN

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John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
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Every time a lie passes through our lips, it comes from the devil

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Derrick Prince
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“One more very important, frightening fact about the disease of lying is that unless the disease is arrested and healed, it is fatal
Re 21:8 "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

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Rev 22:15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (those who love to lie) Strongs Greek - Lie
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5574. qeudomai pseudomai, psyoo'-dom-ahee middle voice of an apparently primary verb; to utter an untruth or attempt to deceive by falsehood:--falsely, lie.

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Disease Number Five:
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Flattery

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Ps 12:1 ¶ <<To the Chief Musician. On an eightstringed harp. A Psalm of David.>> Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. 2 -They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things,
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In this Scripture, David is speaking about a state of moral decline in the human race.
Pr 26:28 ¶ A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin. If we listen to and receive flattery, or if we become flatterers, the end is ruin  Pr 29:5 ¶ A man who flatters his neighbor Spreads a net for his feet.

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Flatterer-Websters 1828 Dictionary FLAT'TERER, n. One who flatters; a fawner; a wheedler; one who praises another, with a view to please him, to gain his favor, or to accomplish some purpose.
There are people who will speak falttering words, but they are not sincere. There is another motive behind it.

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Disease Number Six:
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Hastiness Of Speech Pr 29:20 ¶ Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Example- Moses
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Numbers 20:7-12 - In anger he smote the rock instead of speaking to it. That act of disobedience expressed in hasty words, cost him the priviledge of leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land

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Ps 106:32 They angered Him also at the waters of strife, So that it went ill with Moses on account of them; 33 Because they rebelled against His Spirit, So that he spoke rashly with his lips.

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“A provoked spirit causes us to speak unadvisedly with our lips, and these hasty words cost us many privileges and blessings. If Moses had to pay that price for that one hasty statement, let us beware that we do not also say things hastily which will cost us dearly in the spiritual realm”-Derrick Prince
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We need to “Repent” of these 6 Diseases of the Tongue and “Wash Our Hands‟ of them

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Next Week
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The Roof Of The Problem-Our Hearts


				
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