How Character is Expressed
Proverbs 6:13
He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers;

Naughty people think that no one knows anything about their naughtiness, when the truth is, that everybody knows it. The inward character of the man is expressed through mouth, eyes, hands, and feet.

I. EYES. "He winketh with his eyes." How much of the character the eye expresses! There is the open, clear, intelligent look that speaks volumes. There is the low, cunning look, the guilty, stealthy look of the criminal—well known and easily detected by experts. The eye speaks all the motions of the mind. It can command, entreat, repel, invite, subdue. Emerson says, "The eye obeys exactly the action of the mind."

II. FEET EXPRESS THE CHARACTER. Compare the firm step of the business man and the shuffling wriggle of the loafer. How much of bad character is expressed in the word "tramp"! The Bible often designates the whole character of a man by the word "walk."

III. HANDS HAVE A LANGUAGE. The wave of the hand, the use of the hands in public address, the sign or signal between two persons. The dumb talk together with their hands. Learn —

1. If you would be received as a worthy person, you must be worthy at heart.

2. If you would be known as upright, you must be such at heart.

3. If you aspire to rank in the community as a lady or gentleman, you must be such in every fibre of your being. Character always carries its own certificate with it.

(George H. Smyth.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

WEB: who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, who motions with his fingers;

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