“The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm. Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they’re smart…Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.” (Proverbs 17:27-28, 18:4/The Message)
To be quite honest, I find it a bit disturbing when I read parts of the passage in Proverbs, such as “the one who knows much says little.” As a writer, I often receive payment for each word I write…the more words, the more money. So, economically speaking it pays to write a lot of words. At the Maranatha writers’ conference, I heard the term “write tight” many times. The idea is to use as few words as possible in order to convey your thoughts, or less is best.
As I consider the wise words in the book of Proverbs, the caution here for me is restraint. Not only should each word on paper be true and tight, but if I have nothing honorable to say, I’m better off saying nothing and remaining calm.
I love the analogy of wisdom flowing up from artesian springs or bubbling brooks. I’d really like to be that type of refreshment to my family, friends, and others as I come in contact with them today.