11 A serpent may bite when it is not charmed;
The babbler is no different.
12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious,
But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;
13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness,
And the end of his talk is raving madness.
14 A fool also multiplies words.
No man knows what is to be;
Who can tell him what will be after him?
(Ecclesiastes 10:11-14, New King James Version)
Words! Words! Words!
Remember those essay tests in school? Multiple choice was so much easier because at least you could guess if you did not know the answer. However, essay tests were different. If you did not know the answer you could fill up your page with words, words, words, and hope that somewhere in there you included the correct answer. In band, we called it faking; if you could not play a certain passage correctly, just fake it!
Look at the affect of the words of the fool. The babbler (the fool) swallows up the words of the wise, speaks foolishly, and ends up speaking insanity. Because he multiplies his words, no one can anticipate what will come next.
We live in a fun-loving time; sit-coms are filled with uproarious humor, and how we all love a good comedian. The difficulty comes when those types of mannerisms characterize our every day lives. When does the comedy end and the real life begin?
Ephesians 5 warns us,
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
(Ephesians 5:15-16, New King James Version)
What a good reminder. Yes, it is good to have fun, but let us take care that our words, words, words, do not lead us away from our true, God-given purpose. Instead, by His grace, may the love of God shine in our lives (and words) as a testimony to a people caught up in the foolishness and sin of this world.
May we redeem the time, because, indeed, the days are evil!
God Bless You,