Look smart, keep quiet


2 Kings 13:1–14:29 
Acts 18:23–19:12 
Psalm 146:1-10 
Proverbs 18:2-3


Proverbs 18:2 “A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.”


In our Verse for Today, we find ourselves considering a type of person that is labeled a fool. They get that label because they talk too much.

When we look at Proverbs 18:2, we realize that the fool has a limited well of knowledge. Yet, they want to show off their limited knowledge so they talk … and talk … and talk.

Further, Proverbs 18:2 says that they “(do) not delight in understanding.” This points to the fact that when they are talking, they aren’t learning. 

It’s only as we listen that we can learn. But, since the fool is intent on spouting off what he or she knows, they limit their ability to gain more knowledge.

So, today, don’t be a fool. 


Truly listen. 

Listen so that you can learn. 

Listen so that you can hear what people are really saying. 

Listen so that you can hear what the author of a book is saying. 

Listen to God’s Word so that you can hear what He is saying.

And as you listen, you will learn. 

And as you learn, you will be able to gain more knowledge out of which you can bless others. But, even then, try to listen much more than you speak.

Let me leave you with a verse from God’s Word and then a quote from an American author:

James 1:19 (CSB) “My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…”

Samuel Clemens (a.k.a Mark Twain): “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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