Proverbs 12: King James Bible
Blabber Mouth – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verses 22-23
22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. 23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Blabber Mouth
We’ve spoken in past devotions about the Truth and Lies. The truth is a whole lot easier to deal with, than the tailspin of lies. When you do things that the Lord promotes (being truthful for instance), the road is much less bumpy, no matter how hard the truth being told may be.
Collectively, the two verses above can be used to promote truth, and avoid lying and gossiping. We can see that the Lord is promoting two different things. First is to deal truly, and second is concealing knowledge, which is being considered as prudent. What does it mean to conceal knowledge?
Some may argue, but I have a thought or two about what this is meant to mean. This isn’t thus sayeth the Lord, but is how I see this verse in particular.
And the way it strikes me, is to keep knowledge to yourself, unless someone asks you for it. Have you ever known someone that is always more than willing to share their knowledge (or what they think they’re knowledgeable about), whether you asked them to or not?
Some people just love to hear themselves speak. Aside from that, there is a sense of pride I believe, that is being displayed subtly as someone wants to prove to you how much they might know about something.
It’s one thing to have a discussion. However, being poised to enter a knowledge competition when nobody else is, can be something much different. More often than not, it rubs people the wrong way, despite any intentions. Should you be right or wrong, nobody likes a know it all, who’s trying to be a know it all.
On the other hand, the verse above doesn’t say to horde all knowledge at all costs. The Lord doesn’t teach us things, and fill us with his knowledge, just to keep it all to ourselves. Nor does he intend for us to be puffed up.
Should someone ask something, answer it. If there’s space for your opinion, give it. If you have advice, or knowledge that could be beneficial to someone, ask if you could give them some advice.
Behave wisely with the knowledge that the Lord has given you, not brutish. We’re to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, remember? “Let your words be few,” goes forgotten in this society that we live in.
How we manage ourselves when we say things, can matter just as much, as what we’re saying.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 10: King James Bible
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
1 Timothy 5: King James Bible
13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
1 Peter 4: King James Bible
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
Thank you for everything that you’ve ever given us. Thank you also for that which you’ve opened our eyes to, concerning the treasures that are to be found in your Word. Grant us all a measure of wisdom Father, to be wise with the knowledge that you’ve provided, and cause for us to be more prudent to conceal it till whatever appointed time may come to use it. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever found yourself being a blabber mouth?
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