The way we talk is important. Solomon knows it and for him it's one of the most obvious ways to tell whether a person is wise or foolish...
Can I really say that I only speak when it's to say things that I know will benefit those who hear me? No way! My mouth runs away with itself sometimes and I find myself rambling on about all sorts of my ideas or worse trying to fix things with my words - even when I'm trying desperately to help someone! Sometimes the best thing for me to do in order to wisely help someone is to just not speak.
I think Solomon gives us 3 ideas about wise people and their words:
- They are gracious. Selfless talk not selfish talk. They do others good (v12)
- They are controlled. Not running away into sin (v13)
- They are to the point and not aimless. (v14)
'If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything' - Mark Twain.
A prayer - Lord, help me to honor you with my words and to be wise and not foolish! Amen!