Words are a Weapon


Elizabeth Scott Stam’s poem, A Jingle of Words, tells us ‘In words you have a weapon more weighty than a gun.’ The Bible says that God’s word is sharper than a two edged sword and Martin Luther King Jr. swayed crowds with his I Have a Dream speech. In the book Keepers of the Covenant Ezra is able to stir the heart of the king of Persia, a very difficult task.

Hebrews 4:12 says, ‘For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword.’ The Bible can turn the heart of any man or woman who believes. The word of God is also a weapon to be used against any evil-doers that come our way. The Bible is a powerful weapon. The words may seem to be just words but they are God’s and that is what makes them so powerful.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a powerful speaker who was able to sway thousands with his words. His famous I Have a Dream speech moved the hearts of many across America to get on board with the civil rights movement. Words were on the side of Mr. King almost every time when he spoke out against racism. In a way he was able to do more with his words that Malcom X ever did with his violence. Martin Luther King Jr. may have gotten killed for his words, but they also stabbed the hearts of the people who killed him.

In literature we are able to frequently find examples of when words can be a weapon or change people’s hearts. The book Keepers of the Covenant has a prime example of this. In chapter 36, Ezra goes before King Artaxerxes of Persia. Ezra tells the King of his wanting to lead the Jewish people back to Israel. Ezra tells of how he wishes for his people to worship God the way the Torah describes. The king is so impressed by Ezra’s honest words that he allows the Jews to go back to Israel.

There are many examples of how words are a weapon that either sways people or demands respect. God’s word, the Bible, is able to demand respect from all who believe in Him. Martin Luther King Jr. was able to use words to sway many in his favor during the civil rights movement but they also caused people to fear and hate him. In Keepers of the Covenant, a Jewish rabbi is able to sway the heart of the king of Persia in his favor so to allow the Jewish people to go home. Words are indeed a weapon to be feared.


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