Proverbs 18:6

A fool’s lips walk into a fight,

    and his mouth invites a beating.

Proverbs 18:6 ESV

When I was a kid, “You are cruising for a bruising,” was a phrase often used to warn someone that their mouth was about to get them into trouble. The fool would not heed the warning. Note that it isn’t really the mouth that is the problem, it’s the heart. However, it is by way of the mouth that the heart is revealed.

A person that can’t or doesn’t control his mouth is a fool.

Proverbs 18:1

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;

    he breaks out against all sound judgment.

Proverbs 18:1 ESV

Everybody needs a break from people at some point. Even Jesus took time alone to be refreshed. The writer is not talking about that type of isolation He is talking about those who isolate themselves from the wisdom of others. He suggest that people are motivated to this type of isolation for their own desires, which speaks of pride and selfishness.

Beware of the desire to go-it-alone. Here are some other verses that support this idea:

Proverbs 11:14 ESV – “Where there is no guidance, a people falls,but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

Proverbs 15:22 ESV – “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 24:6 ESV – “… without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 18:2

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,

    but only in expressing his opinion.”

Proverbs 18:2 ESV

Proverbs is filled with self-tests. Here’s another.

Are you willing to listen? Do you have an interest in understanding people or situations? Or, do you simply want to make a snap judgement and tell others what you think? If the latter, you are a fool.

How often do I make snap judgements about people or situations without even realizing it? Lord, please give me a heart for understanding.

Proverbs 18:17

“The one who states his case first seems right,

  until the other comes and examines him.”

Proverbs 18:17 ESV

Wisdom requires that both sides in a dispute be heard. Wisdom also requires that judgement be held until the facts are examined. Lord, help me be wise when adjudicating a dispute.

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