The words I say and don’t say reveals my character. While there is truth in the understanding that a person’s perspective warps their judgment, the judgment of several cannot be discounted. When Jesus spoke he opened the truth and people were amazed at his wisdom and praised God. (8; Matthew 13:54, 15:31; Mark 1:22, 27, 7:37; Luke 4:36)
The speech of the upright rescues them (6), but from what? Righteousness is stated to deliver from death (11:4), from evil desires (11:6), and the destruction of their city (11:11). So could it be that the words I speak are the tools that rescue? This is true only if I am righteous and my character is as such. Then the words I speak will be praised as being wise. (8)
Jesus taught that a person must be careful as to what they say. “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” (Mark 7:4-7) Have I become a Pharisee and teacher of the law that keep rules taught and promoted by the church, yet have weak connections to Jesus’ words. So many traditions exist that do not deliver from death. So many are mere rules taught by men.