Friday, March 23, 2012

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man conceals knowledge,
but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
Proverbs 12:23 (ESV)

I don't think this means that a prudent man hides things that people need to know, withholding important information.

I think it means that a prudent person keeps information carefully. He is discerning about what he shares with whom, and when.

He does not feel the need to show off everything he knows. He is secure and humble, and he does not depend on his ability to spread information to build his reputation. He does not shoot off his mouth.

A fool, on the other hand, shoots off his mouth all the time. He makes outrageous promises and claims. He passes on information as quickly as he possibly can, always wanting so badly to prove that he was First To Know that he often doesn't even take the time to determine whether what he "knows" is true.


  1. Very meaningful to me right now. Although 10 of people could read this and all get something different from it, the Lord certainly directs the thoughts and truths that come from his word!~Shari

    1. Hi Shari! Thanks for the comment. I completely agree. One of the most amazing miracles of God's Word is how He uses it to touch each of us in just the right way at the right time, usually touching us all in vastly different ways according to what we need.