Today’s verse continues with the theme of being careful with our speech, and the “work” we do for those things will decide the type of “reward” we will receive.
Proverbs 12: 14 (NKJV)
14. A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,
And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
satisfied: Filled with satisfaction; content
good: Ample; substantial: a good income. b. Bountiful
fruit: Result; outcome (in this usage of the word)
mouth: Utterance; voice
recompense: to pay or reward for service, work
hands: 1. Physical assistance; help 2. One who performs manual labor
rendered: 1. To give what is due or owed 2. To give in return or retribution
When we look at the definitions of our main words in this verse, we see that God says a person will be filled with satisfaction and be content with an ample, and bountiful income as a result of the wise things he says.
The second line can be interpreted two ways: If you sow bad seeds (laziness, evil, etc.), you will be rewarded with bad things, while if you plant good deeds/words/actions, etc. you will be rewarded with God’s blessings. It boils down to, “you will receive what you earn…” OR, another way of putting it would be, “you will reap what you sow…”