Know when to keep silent. The rest of Proverbs Chapter 17, we see several other characteristics of wisdom in verses 10 through 28. One characteristic that strikes me is in verse 28, the very last verse in the chapter. This verse reminds us of the importance and the wisdom of keeping silent. There are times to speak out. There are times to share our opinions. There are times to stand for the things we believe in. But, there is also a time to be silent. Sometimes people are talking just to hear themselves talk. They think it makes them sound important to speak or to say lots of words. Wisdom is found in the right words spoken the right way at the right time. Learn to be silent and to listen to others. Not to just talk solely to hear ourselves talk.
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