When Words are Many | Proverbs 10:19
Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Today’s verse is a warning to the person who talks too much. Like Old Man River, his mouth just keeps on flowing along. The talker never met a silent moment he couldn’t fill; a life experience he couldn’t share; a story he couldn’t top. Never mind if you’ve heard the story before; he’ll tell it again. Never mind if the repeated story changes; gotta keep it interesting. Never mind if he has to add some assumptions or presumptions, he’s on a roll. Grab a cup of coffee. Get comfortable. You won’t have to add anything to the conversation…um, sorry, monologue. Just pretend you’re listening. Just nod every once in a while. Smile. Appropriately furrow your brow. It’s like throwing gasoline on a fire! Watch the talker go!!
The problem with the talker? Sooner or later, he tells a story he shouldn’t. He drops a name that never wanted to go public. He takes a “just between you and me” and makes it headline news. He contradicts himself, leaving people scratching their heads. He exaggerates or just embellishes the facts a bit. He says some things he regrets and many things he can’t remember. You see, “when words are many, sin is not absent.” The more you talk, the more the potential for sin.
So the remedy—zip it! Weigh your words. Hold your tongue. Think before you speak. That simple exercise is going to keep you from a lot of sin and regret.
Father, please help us to hold our tongues today. Keep gossip far from us. Help us to not share the things we should keep to ourselves. In Jesus’ name. Amen.