Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
 

17:27 spareth his words. Christians need to cultivate the grace of quietness. “Be not rash with thy mouth” (Ecclesiastes 5:2), for “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). Note also I Thessalonians 4:11; James 1:19; Ephesians 5:4; etc. The book of Proverbs contains many sayings to this effect (Proverbs 13:2; 15:2; 17:28; 21:23; etc).


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