(Proverbs 23:9 KJV) Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
This would seem to mean that I am not to talk in any public gathering because, by definition, most of the people are going to be fools.
After reading through Proverbs several times, it becomes clear that a “fool” (3684) is someone who lacks wisdom and a fear of God. This means they cannot understand. It is useless to speak in front of them. These are the people I work with. Sometimes I think they are family members.
But to whom do I talk the most often and consistently? Myself. So lets take this a step further. Talking to myself can be nothing more than a conversation with a fool. How do I avoid such conversations? We use the same standards that Solomon has for recognizing a fool. Before I begin a conversation with myself I must remember the source of wisdom and renew my fear of God.
Sometimes I get very involved in my little self-speeches before the Holy Spirit taps me on the shoulder and wakes me up.
So? Self-examination is an important key in life. Next time you talk to yourself make sure that you are not talking to a fool.