(Proverbs 29:20 KJV) Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Another recurring theme in Proverbs is the methodical instead of the “hasty” (213). When I look at the meaning of this word I get a picture of a tsunami. In a tsunami the water is started moving by something like an earthquake. At the beginning is doesn’t seem to be a problem. I am told that a ship in the middle of the ocean will barely notice when the wave of water passes under them. The problem comes when the bottom rises and land emerges. This causes the water to be pressed up and the energy is compressed and it becomes “hasty” (213).
The word has the idea of being pressed together and gaining speed because of the pressure.
We need to constantly be aware of our words.
So? The time to slow down is when we start speaking. After a time the words take on a life of their own. The simple things seem to be the hardest at times.