Reading the Word
Proverbs 12:23 (ESV)
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
Understanding and Applying the Word
This proverb tells us that it is better to be slow to tell everyone what we think we know. The wise person considers and is hesitant to speak, while the fool rushes quickly to tell everyone his thoughts and opinions. In the end, the things the fool speaks often prove to be foolishness as he is proven wrong.
This proverb is so relevant in today’s social media world. So many are willing to chime in with their strongly held opinions on every topic under the sun. News stories and statistics are shared from random sources to support every view. Then, over time, the truth is revealed and so much of what was said and shared is just complete foolishness. We would be wise to pause and consider and give time for more information before we form strong opinions. And we would certainly be wise to wait before we share our opinions with the world.
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