Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:28 KJV)
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)
These verses and this vein of thought has been on my mind lately. Our mouth can get us into a world of hurt, even when we don’t intend for it to. Ever given advice, with good intention, only to have it come back to bite you? Or notice someone is thought to be a totally different kind of person than they truly are, only because they are quiet. I believe these verses help answer why this is.
We have to learn to keep our tongues – there are times to speak and times to just listen. When we can keep silent and not automatically give our opinion, or advice we think a person might need, we keep ourselves from trouble. The quote above says, “Silence can never be misquoted.” How many times have you tried to help someone by giving advice, only to have it come back around that you said something totally different? Even in our good intentions, our words can get us into trouble.
The Bible says even a fool looks wise when they keep their mouth shut. Someone can be praised for being something they are not just by keeping quiet! It’s pretty amazing to me, but so true.
God help us to keep our mouths shut! 🙂