An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ears Are to Be Used

(Proverbs 21:28 KJV)  A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

The KJV is much more literal here than the NASB.
(Proverbs 21:28 NAS77)  A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
Notice the words not in italics.  They are not in the Hebrew. 

The second part of this verse reminds us of an important principle in the life of the righteous, the importance of listening.  Too often we tend to spout off.  I know that I often will start answering before the question has been asked and that often leaves me hanging out like a fool. 

Much of what we say and do will be forgotten.  Make that most.  What strikes me as I teach is that students who don’t seem to be listening will perk up when I stick my foot in my mouth.  They seem to have radar that wakes up when a stray word wanders into their daydreams.  And that is what they remember.

So?  Listen.  Take time to hear.  Then open your mouth and share the benefits of your listening. 


Gorges Smythe said...

That's only if the truth matters to you. Without meaning to, you have stumbled upon the methodology of politics: If you want to be remembered - speak foolishness, if you want to be forgotten - tell the truth.

Pumice said...

I would tell you that I meant to say that, but we know where liar go. Good insight.

Grace and peace.