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Don't Interrupt

Proverbs 18:3-

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

To speak out of turn, otherwise known as interrupting, can be very embarrassing and is rude. This is the superficial meaning  of this verse. However, this verse, like all scripture has manifold meaning and application. It should first be used to instruct oneself and their children not to interrupt. Although perfect for that, there is much to be gleaned from its deeper meaning. The Hebrew word for “answer” in this verse is the Hebrew word #7725 and it refers to answering in terms of responding and it also indicates an attempt to solve a situation. The word for “heareth” is Hebrew #8085 and it means to listen to, understand what is heard, or to obey what is heard. So when we examine this verse with the meanings in place of the word, we gain a fully clear view of it. 

“When you respond to or try to assist with something that you do not understand, you will feel foolish and sheepish.”

Notice the verse says that it is folly and shame to the person who commits the faux pas…. not to the people who are conveying the message. The phrase “unto him”  means that the people who are conveying the message exhibit disgust toward the interrupter and thereby the interrupter tangibly feels shame and folly. This natural reaction to interruptions and haste is designed to illicit a mood of internal reflection so that the interrupter learns to use caution and wisdom prior to response.

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