Silence is Golden
Proverbs 17:27 (AMP) He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.
The origin of the proverb, “Silence is Golden,” is obscured by the mists of time. There are reports of versions of it dating back to Ancient Egypt. The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle, who translated the phrase from German in Sartor Resartus, 1831, in which a character expounds at length on the virtues of silence:
“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Not William the Silent only, but all the considerable men I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how much clearer are thy purposes and duties; what wreck and rubbish have those mute workmen within thee swept away, when intrusive noises were shut out! Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and suspending Thought, so that there is none to conceal. Speech too is great, but not the greatest. As the Swiss Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silvern, Silence is golden); or as I might rather express it: Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity.”
Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding, or as it is has been said, “It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
James 1:19 (AMP) Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.
When you do speak, let your words be a river of blessing and healing in every situation and with every individual. Let the love, mercy, and kindness of God be heard in your manner and tone. Death and life are in the tongue and we are to be life givers to all that hear the sound of our voice.
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