11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better. 12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. Ecclesiastes 10:11-15
Have you ever had a problem with the way you use words? It may be saying too many, it may be using our words to hurt someone; it may be using them to say foolish things. Solomon is telling us to watch our words. Pay attention to what we say, no one wants his words to “swallow him up”. Be careful about saying too many words. “think before you speak” is always the best route to follow.
Have you ever listened to someone who just rambles on and on? Within a short time we “turn them off”. Solomon is giving us wisdom on how to use and not use words. As usual the choice is ours. Will we be wise or foolish in the use of our words?
Here are a few verses that have helped me:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2
Have a blessed day,