Proverbs 17:28 “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

I’ve said some really stupid things over the years. Times when I’ve opened my mouth without thinking and let the first words that come to mind fall out all over the place. What a mess! It happens when I want to be the first one to answer so everyone sees how smart I am. it happens when I am insecure and don’t want to look unimportant to others. It happens when I’ve done something wrong and I’m trying to cover it up.

In this day and age of instant media access, we can make a mess with our words faster and bigger than ever. How much more important is it then for us to hold our tongue, to slow down when we speak, to allow the words to marinate for a while before we let go of them. Then, when we’ve gathered as much discernment as we can on the subject, we speak with wisdom, honesty, and love.

Proverbs 17:28 is not saying to us not to speak but to hold off speaking of what we don’t have insight and wisdom from God about. We are to be “quick to listen, slow to speak” James 1:19 “But speaking the truth in love” Ephesians 4:15.

  • Have you ever spoken too soon?
  • How did it feel when you realized that you had said the wrong thing?
  • Are there times that you are more prone to let it fly instead of holding your words inside?
  • How can you hold your tongue this week?