The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly. – Proverbs 12:23
A series of proverbs with this same theme:
Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)
Some places where else this is discussed:
Proverbs 10:19, 12:16a
We can be so quick to give our opinion. I know I feel obliged to do so when presented with the news or a personal problem someone shares with me. A bit of prudence can often mean that we change from our initial thoughts. This proverb talks of a fool spouting their folly, meaning words that have no value or context. Let’s seek to be slow to speak, in order to edify at the right time, when we have a wise response.
Thanks for reading! Pete.
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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!