Proverbs 29:19-20 – Hasty Words

Today’s Reading: Amos 1:1‐3:15, Revelation 2:1‐17, Psalm 129:1‐ 8, Proverbs 29:19‐20

Proverbs 29:20 “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
 There is more hope for a fool than for him.”


  • Do you see – implying that this is visually apparent
  • A man who is hasty in his words – speaks without thinking it through
  • There is more hop for a full than for him

I am in a new role that often involves communication.  I must to be careful to not grow hasty with my words.  In the last few weeks, I have said several things that I let come out of my mouth faster than I should have.

Apply: Be slow to speak and quick to listen.

How do you slow down your speech in a practical way?


2 thoughts on “Proverbs 29:19-20 – Hasty Words

  1. For me this has been tied to difficult lessons I’ve learned in regard to humility. When teaching or even in everyday conversation, it’s easy for me to speak my mind and give a full opinion when only a simple response was required. Other times I have given a pointed opinion before even knowing all the facts, which is often a big mistake on my part. I struggle to slow down and listen with my full attention, and instead I respond with my reactionary instinct. I think we will always be hard pressed to apply biblical wisdom when we spend the majority of our time in “preach mode” instead of “learn mode.” We can’t gather the facts of a situation and respond accordingly if we have already begun our verbal retort.

    As I mature into “putting on my new self” (Col. 3) I believe I have seen improvement in this area. I’ve prayed a lot for brokenness and for the spirit to give me the the eyes and mind of an effective minister. Eyes to see truth and whats really going on around me, but a mind to know how to attack for the Kingdom in the most effective way. Sometimes this means being strong with my words, other times it means being gentle, but this is an ongoing lesson for me.

    • Sam Holm
      December 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm (Edit)
      Will – I love the humility and teachability I see in your response. I too am praying brokenness and the eyes to see and respond appropriately. Thanks for encouraging my heart.

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