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Of Many Words there is NO End.

"In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." (Pro 10:19 AV)

"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." (Mat 5:37 AV)


aymon de albatrus

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin.

Much speech involves risk of sin; hence the wisdom of restraining the tongue where a great deal is said, without care and forethought, there will not only be many wicked things uttered, but much falsehood, and at least many idle things, which cannot be excused from sin. Nonetheless some things may require long speaking, may be to great profit and advantage, when it is with care and judgment, and founded on close meditation and study. It is reported that at one stage a Reformed Puritan Preacher preached for 7 hours to the British Parliament.

It is good to say little, because in the multitude of words there is always sin, or sin does not cease. Usually, those that speak much speak much amiss, and among many words there cannot but be many idle words, which they must shortly give an account of. Those that love to hear themselves talk do not consider what work they are making for repentance; for that will be wanted, and first or last will be had, where there wanteth not sin. In most cases, along with a torrent of words is a flow of sin, which ceases not as long as that continues. Let us take heed of an old rabbinic saying: "he that multiplies words brings on or brings unto sin;"

It is therefore good to keep our mouth as with a bridle: He that refrains his lips, that often checks himself, suppresses what he has thought, and holds in that which would transpire, is a wise man; it is an evidence of his wisdom, and he therein consults his own peace. Little said is soon amended but of many words it is impossible.

but he that refraineth his lips is wise;

But who puts a restraint on his mouth, bridles his tongue; does not suffer his lips to utter anything rashly and inconsiderately; is sparing of his words and is careful of what he says, that it is true and proper to be spoken; and considers well the time when, place where, and persons to whom he speaks; and, all circumstances weighed, conducts accordingly: such a man is a wise, prudent, and understanding man.

Sobering Concept

"1 ¶ Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words." (Ecc 5:1-3 AV)

Words are everywhere. We are flooded with them. Unfortunately, many of us feel like we have to contribute to their overabundance and don't do a very good job of keeping out mouths shut and our ears open. We hear, speak, and sing them. We study them in contracts. We cherish them when a loved one speaks them. We argue with them. We shout them at sporting events. We read them in the Bible. We hear them over the loudspeakers. We text message them. We instant message them. We speak them. We're bombarded with them in ads. We email them. We read them in books. We see them on signs. They cover the newspaper. They fill the Internet. We speak and hear them on mobile phones. We listen to them on the radio. They scroll across our TV screens.

To many useless words there is no end. A wise men once said: "if people were to use ONLY the words necessary to convey the message, then a great silence would descend upon the earth." Oh, so true. Communication agencies are becoming extremely rich, just because people ‘want to talk’.

But we see in the verses above that the Lord wants us to use few words and backs it up in saying that many words usually denote a fool speaking. He also says elsewhere that one day we shall be held accountable for every extra word we spoke in our lives: "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." (Mat 12:36 AV) Words, as the index of the heart, however idle they may seem, will be taken account of, whether good or bad, in estimating character in the day of judgment.

Every idle word that a man shall speak, he shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. By an "idle word" is meant, "light conversation", and "vain discourse", frothy language, unprofitable talk, which, though it may not directly hurt God or man, yet is of no use to speaker or hearer; and yet even this, in the last general and awful judgment, if not forgiven, and repented of, must be accounted for; and much more such horrid blasphemies as the Pharisees had vented against Christ, and the Spirit of Christ.

The heart is the fountain, words are the streams. A troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring, must send forth muddy and unpleasant streams. Nothing but the salt of grace, cast into the spring, will heal the waters, season the speech, and purify the corrupt communication. An evil man has an evil treasure in his heart, and out of it brings forth evil things. Lusts and corruptions, dwelling and reigning in the heart, are an evil treasure, out of which the sinner brings forth bad words and actions, to dishonour God, and hurt others. Let us keep constant watch over ourselves, that we may speak words agreeable to the Christian character.

" …. a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words."
A speech that is irrational and unmeaning that makes no sense at all is not pleasing to the Lord. It is interesting that as Christians have departed from the doctrines of Scripture and the plain meaning of Scripture, they have become more and more irrational in their speech, so that some think that God is pleased with speech that makes no sense at all, and they pour out irrational mutterings and ravings. A man who does not think clearly or who is confused will very often chatter on and on, going from one thought to another, making no sense, but using a lot of words. This is the mark of a fool. The wisest men, do not talk much. Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool uttereth all his mind, but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."

The hallmark of a wise man

"He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit." (Pro 17:27 AV)

A man of knowledge is generally a man of few words, he thinks much and says little; and though he may be communicative of his knowledge to proper persons, and at proper times, yet never speaks of it in a boasting and ostentatious way, he "restrains his words"; he puts a bridle on them; and suffers not himself to speak hastily and angrily, and in a reproachful manner, when he is provoked to it. A man of understanding is of an excellent spirit, "of a cool spirit"; in opposition to a warm fiery spirit, but a cool spirit is one that is not soon angry, calm, sedate, and not easily provoked to wrath with a river of words.

A wise man will be of few words, as being afraid of speaking amiss. He that has knowledge, and aims to do good with it, is careful, when he does speak to speak to the purpose, and says little in order that he may take time to deliberate. He spares his words, because they are better spared than ill-spent. This is generally taken for such a sure indication of wisdom that even a fool may gain the reputation of being a wise man if he have but wit enough to hold his tongue, to hear, and see, and say little. If a fool hold his peace, men will even think him wise,

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding." (Pro 17:28 AV)

A man that spares his word is usually taken as a man of knowledge and understanding. Even the fool, if he is but silent, and does not betray his folly by his words, will be reckoned a wise man by those that do not know him; and, whatever fool he may be in other respects, yet in this he acts the wise part, that he holds his peace and says nothing. A man that keeps his lips shut, lest he should say anything rashly and hastily has so much command of himself as not to speak unadvisedly, through the heat of his own passions, and through the provocations of others, will pass for a man that understands himself, and knows how to behave well before others.

Some Words to restrain Words

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. –Jesus Christ

Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is. --Publilius Syrus

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment. --Ira Gassen

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. – Plato

To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. --Ben Jonson

Human conversation is largely an endless attempt to convince others that we are more assertive or clever or generous or successful than they might think if we did not carefully educate them. --John Ortberg

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say. --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

English is the perfect language for preachers because it allows you to talk until you think of what to say.-- Garrison Keillor

After all is said and done, more is said than done. --Unknown

The words we say will teach if we practice what we preach. --Unknown

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. –Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:36-38)

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. --Orson Rega Card

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. --Winston Churchill

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it. Arabian Proverb

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. --Ambrose Bierce

When you are arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing. —Unknown

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind - give it more thought. --Dennis Roth

The most precious things in speech are the pauses. --Sir Ralph Richardson

Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening ... when you'd have preferred to talk. --D.J. Kaufman

Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. --Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. --Spanish Proverb

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. --Thomas Neiel

Never miss a good chance to shut up. –Will Rogers

A hotheaded woman told John Wesley, "My talent is to speak my mind." Replied Mr. Wesley, "Woman, God wouldn't care a bit if you would bury that talent."

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. --William Butler Yeats

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood. --William Penn

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. --Buddha

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. --Colossians 4:6

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.-- Adlai Stevenson

Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.—Charles Spurgeon

One half the troubles in this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough. –Josh Billings

Great minds talk about ideas, Average minds talk about things, Small minds talk about other people. --Unknown

A holy mind cannot repeat a vile thing, let alone be the creator of a vile suggestion. --John G. Lake

Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is. --Blaise Pascal

It is reported that Winston Churchill once said: "if you want me to speak for 5 minutes give me a week to prepare, if for one hour, then I am ready now".

Of Many Useless Words there is NO End --aymon de albatrus

The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? --Ecclesiastes 6:11

More about words from the Word

"He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction." (Pro 13:3 AV)

Do we need another proverb about speech? Yes! Why? Because our tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, a world of iniquity, set on fire of hell! Unless we want to claim perfection, we have a problem with our speech. The tongue no man can tame! "But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." (Jam 3:8 AV)

God knows every word of our tongue before it is even spoken: "For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether." (Psa 139:4 AV) The man who keeps his mouth controls his speech; the man who opens wide his lips does not rule his speech. As we have seen before, the man guarding his words saves himself, the one talking freely destroys himself. Our words can get us in serious trouble, so let us be very careful every time we open our mouth. We can save our life by taking heed to each word we speak and making sure it has heaven's clear approval. Or we can destroy ourselves by speaking impulsively without careful and godly prudence.

Consider the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: "34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." (Mat 12:34-35 AV) No matter how religious a man may claim to be, he is to be measured by how well he bridles his tongue. "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain." (Jam 1:26 AV)

A good rule of life is to cut our words by, at least, half. Speak only half as much as we ordinarily would. Speak only half of what we want to say. Cutting our words in half is to restrain our speech, due to the certainty of sin in many words. Let us speak only if necessary. Never, ever, let an idle word escape our lips, Slow down! Be swift to hear, but slow to speak ! Think before we discharge the vanity and sin under our lips. Let us take conscious and specific thought every time we open our mouth (or write or type an email or letter).

Remember how Isaiah was distraught after seeing the Almighty God: "Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." (Isa 6:5 AV)

Prayer:

  1. Lord, you know me better than I myself, keep me from the fatal habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

  2. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy.

  3. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

  4. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for growing humility and a lessening cock-suredness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

  5. Keep me reasonably sweet, give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people, and give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

  6. Father, give me the mind of Christ so that my every Yes, be Yes, and my every No be No.

  7. Lord, keep me from a multitude of many vain and useless words and repetition, ensure that every words that passes my lips be only to your Glory. Amen

WHAT HAS THE WORD TO SAY ABOUT MANY WORDS

"In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." (Pro 10:19 AV)

"Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does wisely." (Pro 10:19 BBE)

"When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is Prudent." (Pro 10:19 ESV)

 

"Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth." (Pro 6:2 AV)

"Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction." (Pro 10:14 AV)

"The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble." (Pro 12:13 AV)

"A prudent man concealeth knowledge; But the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness." (Pro 12:23 ASV)

"He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction." (Pro 13:3 AV)

"The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness." (Pro 15:2 AV)

"He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit." (Pro 17:27 AV)

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." (Pro 17:28 AV)

"Even the foolish man, when he keeps quiet, is taken to be wise: when his lips are shut he is credited with good sense." (Pro 17:28 BBE)

"Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent." (Pro 17:28 ESV)

 

"A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes." (Pro 18:6 AV)

"A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul." (Pro 18:7 AV)

"Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles." (Pro 21:23 AV)

"Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate." (Pro 24:7 AV)

"A fool uttereth all his anger; But a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it." (Pro 29:11 ASV)

"Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him." (Pro 29:20 ASV)

"<<To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.>> I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me." (Psa 39:1 AV)

"For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God." (Job 34:37 AV)

"For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words." (Ecc 5:3 AV)

"For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God." (Ecc 5:7 AV)

"Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better." (Ecc 10:11 AV)

"The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself." (Ecc 10:12 AV)

"The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness." (Ecc 10:13 AV)

"A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?" (Ecc 10:14 AV)

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." (Mat 12:36 AV)

"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." (Mat 12:37 AV)

"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceived his own heart, this man’s religion is vain." (Jam 1:26 AV)

"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." (Jam 3:2 AV)

"But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." (Jam 3:8 AV)

SLOW TO ACT

"He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly." (Pro 14:29 AV)

"A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife." (Pro 15:18 AV)

"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." (Pro 16:32 AV)

"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy." (Psa103:8 AV)

"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls." (Pro 25:28 AV)

"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." (Mat 5:37 AV)

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." (Mat 6:7 AV)

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom 12:21 AV)

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;" (Eph 5:1 AV)

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:" (Jam 1:19 AV)

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (Jam 4:14 AV)

"But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation." (Jam 5:12 AV)

"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Rev 3:21 AV)