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Do you ever manage to put your foot in your mouth? Isn’t that an awkward feeling? But have you ever known someone who constantly said rude or careless things and then was proud of how “honest” they are? It might not be “honesty” that leads to such behavior…
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
(Proverbs 29:20 ESV)
If it is true that we learn most easily from our mistakes, then this proverb must be looking at the people who don’t learn from their conversational gaffes. Speaking too quickly, without considering the appropriateness of your comment, or the impact your words will have on the hearer and then dismissing any repercussions as “not your problem” makes you “hopeless” in terms of learning better ways of communicating or building relationships. It doesn’t help that we can get our pride involved, so that we defend our careless comments because they are “true” but deny any responsibility for what our careless talk does to others. So this proverb is about the person who talks too much, too fast, too thoughtlessly and refuses to learn any restraint; “there is more hope for a fool than for him.”
Lord teach me wisdom to govern what I say, teach me self-control to guide me in when I speak, and give me understanding to judge the impact of my words.