In our culture, we applaud the quick-witted person that comes out on top and keeps his feet in any verbal interchange. Conversely, we take little notice to the one that says nothing while dealing with life. We have little regard for the quiet person that is not looking out for number one.

However, it’s interesting to note that the Bible does not celebrate the guy with a ready retort on his lips. In fact, the man of many words is not celebrated at all! Instead, God teaches that we should use wisdom and care in our speech. Our words should be balanced and appropriate to the season we are in.

In fact, God says we should “let our words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).