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Your Words
by David O. Lanius, Jr.

“Out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be”, James 3:10. “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”, Matt. 12:36-7.

Many of us use words in our every day conversation that we do not need to be using. We have not thought out our words as to their meanings and it is with this purpose in mind that I write this article. I call your attention to some expressions used by Christians.

Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary list the following words (bywords, expressions) that I want us to notice:
CONFOUND ---- “damned; a mild oath.”
DARN or DERN ---- “damn; a euphemism.” (“Euphemism is the use of words or phrases that are less offensive etc., than another.”)
DOGGONE ---- “an imprecation, or perhaps euphemistic remodeling of God-damn.”
GOLLY ---- “an euphemism for God.”
GEE ---- “euphemistic contraction for Jesus.”
GOSH ---- “euphemism for God.”
HECK ---- “an exclamation used as a euphemism for hell.”

It may shock (or should) some of you to learn what you have been saying and I hope you will improve your speech and vocabulary. I am sure you will want to stop after having these words defined for you.

There are some other expressions I want us to note because some are using them. Such expressions like, “My Lord,” “Lordy,” “My God,” “Good God,” and such like. Those who use such expressions are taking the name of God in vain and He has never been pleased with such. I have always thought that people who use bywords, cursings, swearings and such like are showing themselves unwise as well as sinning. Let us study our language and remember that Jesus said, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”, Matthew 12:37

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