Friday, 2 June 2017

Too many words

Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool's voice is known by his many words. - Ecclesiastes 5:2-3

Not too long ago I wrote a problem I had with hasty words. But hasty words are not the only problem. Here Solomon mentions hasty words, but goes on to say ‘a fool’s voice is known by his many words.’

Too many words is as bad as too hasty words. Even if I can slow my mouth down enough to not respond hastily I still to often reply with too many words or with putting in my words where they are not really wanted.

There are all kinds of problems with too many words. They give you too many chances to speak foolish words. Too many words often involve wasted words. Too many words make you miss somebody else’s important words. Too many words can make you look like an idiot.

Hasty words can make you look like a fool. Many words can make you look like a fool. Let’s strive to be slow and careful and thrifty with our words.

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