Giving an Answer Before He Hears (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him” (18:13). James wrote, “But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19). It is easy to jump to conclusions before understanding a matter. When we do this, we inevitably say things that are incorrect and unwise. Therefore, the wise man will wait to speak and pass judgment on a matter until after he knows the whole picture. A few verses after this, Solomon says, “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him” (18:17). If we speak without a complete understanding of the facts, we may find ourselves to have made an error in judgment, thus bringing “folly and shame” to ourselves.

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