Bible Says Know Your Facts Before You Speak

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People say it all the time, but did you know it has it’s roots in the Bible? Let’s jump right to the scriptures. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 18:13 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:

13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

The Bible instructs people to know what they are talking about before they start offering their two cents on a matter. This goes not only for believers, but people in general. That said, believers ought to be the first ones setting the good example.

This principle applies to a whole slew of things and if followed would make life a whole lot easier. Most obviously this applies in the court of law. A judge cannot effectively pass a ruling without first hearing the details of the case brought before him or her. The same goes when handling business. Making decisions without hearing all of your options will only leave you saying, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” This even applies in parenting. When your children are suspected of doing something wrong, take the initiative to ask what happened, and actually listen to what they have to say. Assumptions never do anyone any good. Do your best to find out all of the facts from all parties involved before issuing a punishment. Being an informed decision maker is way more efficient in all realms of life instead of basing actions on partial information.

We serve a just God, and justice cannot be had if people are prescribing solutions when they are not fully informed on the problem or passing judgement when they do not know the whole story. Failure to adhere to this is what causes the innocent to be caught in crossfire and confusion to arise.

Have a blessed day!


Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Faceboo


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