Proverbs 15:28 - The Grace of Thoughtful Speech
Prov 15:28 (KJV) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:
but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Prov 15:28 (NKJV) The heart of the righteous studies how to
answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
Prov 15:28 (NNAS) The heart of the righteous ponders how to
answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Prov 15:28 (NIV) The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
Prov 15:28 (NCV) Good people think before they answer, but the
wicked simply pour out evil.
Prov 15:28 (NLT) The godly think before speaking; the wicked
spout evil words.
The good man thinks over what he is about to say, not only that
it may prove the more helpful, but lest in haste he should say
something that would hurt another. [SDA Commentary]
The righteious his tongue never runs before his wit; he never
speaks rashly, and never unadvisedly; because he studies-- ponders, his
thoughts and his words. (Adam Clarke Commentary)
A righteous person weighs (carefully muses on or considers) his
answers before giving them rather than blurting out the first thing that
comes to his mind. That way his words are more appropriate and timely.
[Bible Knowledge Commentary]
Think through what you say that it may be with grace. (Matthew
Caution is the fruit of wisdom; rashness is the fruit of folly.
[Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary]
Thinking beforehand will help us to speak and act wisely. The
righteous weigh their answers; the wicked don't wait to speak because they
don't care about the effects of their words. It is important to have
something to say, but it is equally important to weigh it first. Do you
carefully plan your words, or do you pour out your thoughts without
concern for their impact?
It is vital to think also before acting, to consider the effects
of our choices. Think of your plans for today and consider what
their long-range results will be. As we deal with others, we should
keep these principles in mind. We should act responsibly and justly
with all people--friends and enemies alike. [Life Application SB]