Proverbs 23:9 – Silence is Golden

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

(Pro 23:9 ESV)

As it also says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time to be silent (Ecc 3:7). With some people, unfortunately, the best option is to not bother saying a word. This is particularly difficult for Christians who are always motivated to share about Jesus – sometimes we shouldn’t, as strange as that sounds. Or, in some cases, we shouldn’t rush all the way to the heart of the Gospel, but instead focus on other foundational issues that parallel the Gospel before moving to the heart of the Gospel itself.

When to speak and when to remain silent? There is no easy answer to that question, but we need to ponder this wisdom seriously.

The urge to remain silent is also particularly difficult for our present social media generation that wants to speak its every thought on every subject, no matter how trivial and/or utterly ill-informed it might be. Been there, done that (head hung in shame). Speaking of ill-informed, don’t forget the second part of the Proverb which assumes that what you have to say is “good sense.” Be humble enough to realize that your sense may not be particularly good and that you may need to think more deeply about your beliefs. Lots to consider in such a short Proverb.

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