Proverbs 17:27 – personal restraint

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

(Pro 17:27 ESV)

I’m glad my program to “read through the Bible in the year” (which is taking closer to three years, but I digress) has brought me to the book of Proverbs. There are some good reminders in there about how to dialogue with each other. This is another one. There will be times when we need to stop ourselves from saying what is on our minds, especially if we are getting hot tempered as opposed to cool spirited. Notice how our moral behavior (restraining words, being cool spirited) is associated with understanding and knowledge. There is a connection between “higher learning” and moral behavior, as I have pointed out previously.

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