When Wisdom Remains Silent

Christianity is all about sharing truth — most of the time. But there are times when we should just keep our mouths closed.  Proverbs 23:9 indicates one of those times: “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.”

Here the Bible tells us that we don’t have to labor endlessly in debate with people who are not really listening to us.  It is like what Jesus said in Matthew 7:6, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not cast your pearls before swine.”

And He modeled this very thing in fact, when He refused to answer Pilate when He was on trial (Matthew 27:14). He fulfilled Isaiah 53:7 by not opening His mouth — but He also exemplified Proverbs 23:9 by not wasting His wisdom on those who only wished to mock Him.

So this proverb can serve as a good guide for us. If someone is really open to what you say, then by all means share with them. But don’t “cast the pearls” of precious truth on those who repeatedly mock it, or who have no intention of really listening. Jesus felt under no compulsion to answer fools — and we should not either!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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2 Responses to When Wisdom Remains Silent

  1. Cheryl Mccutcheon says:

    I understand.  was very personal to me yesterday at lunch with sister. she’s not going to listen to me concerning biblical beliefs so I chose not to debate. just quoted one scripture. 

    also been meaning to say. ladies are having Beth Moore bible study on Tuesdays. went thru mind to approach brother Sonny but chose not to. 1.  not a member. 2.  don’t want to appear divisive. 

    but it did go thru my mind about the covenant. what if I were a member,  could I question teaching Beth moore?  

    cm

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    From:”shawnethomas” Date:Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 5:00 AM Subject:[New post] When You Should Just Remain Silent

    Shawn Thomas posted: “Christianity is all about sharing truth — most of the time. But there are times when we should just keep our mouths closed.  Proverbs 23:9 indicates one of those times: “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your w”

    • Shawn Thomas says:

      Sounds like you did well with your sister, Cheryl. You did share the one scripture and perhaps God will use that in her life.
      And regarding talking to the pastor, I’d think you should be able to approach him about that and share your heart without being divisive, as long as you did it with a sweet spirit.

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