Church Life, Faith

When Silence Is Golden…



Gold is precious. Likewise, keeping quiet and watching from the corner may be just as precious. It is true that Wise Men are not always silent: In fact wise people should not keep quiet, but they know just when it’s appropriate to be.

The following compilation of good reasons and Biblical verses (source unknown), attests to this – that it’s often precious to watch and see and to listen and learn.

1.  Be silent In the heat of
Proverbs 14:17: “Short-tempered people do foolish things…”

2.  Be silent When you don’t
have all the facts.
Proverbs 18:13: “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.”

3.  Be silent When you
haven’t verified the story.
Deuteronomy 17:6: “But… there must always be two or three witnesses.”

4.  Be silent If you can’t say
it without screaming it.
Proverbs 25:28: “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.”

5.  Be silent When it is time
to listen.
Proverbs 13:1: “A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.”

6.  Be silent When you are
tempted to make light of
holy things.
Ecclesiastes 5:2: “Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God … Let your words be few.”

7.  Be silent When you are
tempted to joke about
Proverbs 14:9: “Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.”

8.  Be silent If you would be
ashamed of your words
Proverbs 8:8: “My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it.”

9.  Be silent If your words
would convey the wrong
Proverbs 17:27: “A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.”

10.  Be silent If the issue is
none of your business.
Proverbs 14:10: “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.”

11. Be silent When you are
tempted to tell an
outright lie.
Proverbs 4:24: “Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.

12.  Be silent If your words
will damage someone
else’s reputation.
Proverbs 16:27: “Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.”

13. Be silent If your words
will damage a friendship.
Proverbs 16:28: “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”

14. Be silent When you are
feeling critical.
James 3:9: “Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.”

15.  Be silent If your words
will offend a weaker
1 Corinthians 8:11: “So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed.”

16. Be silent If your words
will be a poor reflection
of the Lord or your
friends and family.
1 Peter 2:21-22: “Christ … is your example, and you must follow in his steps… He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered…”

17. Be silent If you may
have to eat your words
Proverbs 18:23: “The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults”

18. Be silent If you have
already said it more
than one time.
Proverbs 19:13: “A … quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.”.

19. Be silent When you are
tempted to flatter a
wicked person.
Proverbs 24:24: “A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.”

20. Be silent When you are
supposed to be working
Proverbs 14:23: “Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!”


All scriptures, unless otherwise stated, are from the New Living Translation (NLT) of the Holy Bible.


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