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Closed mouths don’t cause trouble

Proverbs 11:12: “He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holding his peace.”

13:3: “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openth wide his lips shall have destruction.”

17:28: “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

21:23: “Who so keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from trouble.

There is a time to keep silence. Many of us love to talk, and at times we may find ourselves talking when we should be listening.

Several proverbs underline this truth.

“Despiseth” seems to indicate or include finding fault and being critical of others, popular activities that require little skills.

Those who set themselves as critics and spread abroad others faults and shortcomings are void of wisdom.

While those with understanding see the same faults, they hold their peace. They know that none of us is a model of perfection. They also know that harsh and critical of others does absolutely no good for anyone.

Rather than show lack of respect for fellow human being, wise  people guard their speech.

Speaking out can bring trouble to the speaker.

Think of all the problems ill-considerate words have brought you. Our mouths should be opened wide in prayer, not in gossip and foolish talking.

Open wide implies letting anything and everything come out, accusations, criticism,confidential information, premature promises and destruction.

The next time you criticize, please stop and think: am I perfect?

If so, you can cast the first stone.


Obye Jo Simmons

Vidalia resident