WHEN TO BE SILENT . . .

1. Be silent in the heat of anger – Proverbs 14:17

2. Be silent when you don’t have all the facts – Proverbs 18:13

3. Be silent when you haven’t verified the story – Deuteronomy 17:6

4. Be silent if your words will offend a weaker person – 1 Corinthians 8:11

5. Be silent when it is time to listen – Proverbs 13:1

6. Be silent when you are tempted to make light of holy things – Eccleciastes 5:2

7. Be silent when you are tempted to joke about sin – Proverbs 14:9

8. Be silent if you would be ashamed of your words later – Proverbs 8:8

9. Be silent if your words would convey the wrong impression – Proverbs 17:27

10. Be silent if the issue is none of your business – Proverbs 14:10

11. Be silent when you are tempted to tell an outright lie – Proverbs 4:24

12. Be silent if your words will damage someone else’s reputation – Proverbs 16:27

13. Be silent if your words will damage a friendship – Proverbs 16:28

14. Be silent when you are feeling critical – James 3:9

15. Be silent if you can’t say it without screaming it – Proverbs 25:28

16. Be silent if your words will be a poor reflection of God on you – 1 Peter 2:21-23

17. Be silent if you may have to eat your words later – Proverbs 18:21

18. Be silent if you have already said it more than one time – Proverbs 19:13

19. Be silent when you are tempted to flatter a wicked person – Proverbs 24:24

20. Be silent when you are supposed to be working instead – Proverbs 14:23

“WHOEVER GUARDS HIS MOUTH AND TONGUE KEEPS HIS SOUL FROM TROUBLES” (Proverbs 21:23).

“BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” (Psalms 46:10)

“BE QUICK TO HEAR AND SLOW TO SPEAK”.

However, to be silent in some situations is not an act of foolishness, it is simply a display of divine wisdom.

May none of us fail this test of time. Amen!