We speak a lot about the need to “speak-up” and there is occasion for it, but maybe we ought to speak-up more about the need to “shut-up”. Silence can be cowardly or golden. “A fool uttereth all his mind..”(Prov. 29:11) and some folks are in the habit of doing just that.One of our young ladies (Cassie Mannon) recently posted the poem below on this subject. I don’t know the author, but I’m sure glad he spoke- up about the need to shut- up. As Solomon said,“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.“-Prov. 10:19.
Silence Is Never Misquoted. He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Proverbs 17:27 Some things along life’s journey noted-Silence is never misquoted. Sealed lips are never accused By hasty words that hurt and abuse. Let it be said and let it show, That angry words, you will not bestow. Keep your mouth closed, let them think what they will. Don’t be provoked, leave your tongue ever still. The tongue is hot and fiery red, An unruly member, trouble to spread. In a pool of water, behind ivory bars, It is a world of iniquity-with ugly scars. When your temper is hot and your wagon loaded, Just try to remember, silence is never misquoted.
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understating .” Proverbs 17:28.