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Swift To Hear, Slow To Speak

Perhaps the reason that the Creator (see Christ The Creator) gave humans two ears and just one mouth is because we are to listen more than speak. Why?

"1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath [see Striving For Strife]: 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness [see Naughty], and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:19-21 KJV)

"Incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to understanding"

The Biblical Proverbs have much wisdom; they begin with the admonition to listen, so that wisdom may be heard.

The Word Of God

"1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels" (Proverbs 1:5 KJV)

Listening, while God does the speaking (i.e. reading and studying God's Word) transcends all mere human wisdom. It is God's Wisdom that one "hears."

"1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father [see Spiritual Conception], and forsake not the law of thy mother [see Church of God and War With The Remnant Of Her Seed]: 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck." (Proverbs 1:8-9 KJV)

"1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely [see Where Is Your Place Of Safety?], and shall be quiet from fear of evil." (Proverbs 1:33 KJV)

"2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee [see The Ten Commandments and The Two Great Commandments]; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding" (Proverbs 2:1-2 KJV)

"8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life [see 'I have set before you life and death'], and shall obtain favour of the LORD." (Proverbs 8:32-35 KJV)

"15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things [see Evil Means Fool]. 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat. 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility." (Proverbs 15:28-33 KJV)

God's perfect Law is based upon God's perfect Wisdom.

"4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 4:3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live [see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge]. 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Proverbs 4:1-7 KJV)

Fact Finder: What happens when one's speaking gets ahead of one's listening?
See 'By Your Words'


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