“You talk to much. You talk to much. I can’t believe the things that you say!” ~ George Thorogood.
“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” ~ Proverbs 10:19 NLT.
We’ve been around them before: the person who just won’t take a breath and shut their mouth long enough for someone else to get in a word edgewise!
Then there’s those who are the verbal version of the local gossip columnist, who’s response to just about everything centers around reporting what someone else did, said or is rumored to have done or said.
“Gossip separates the best of friends.” ~ Proverbs 16:28 NLT
“A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.” ~ Proverbs 11:13 NLT
“Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth. avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.” ~ Proverbs 4:24 THE MESSAGE
“A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.” ~ Proverbs 20:19 NLT
According to James 3:1-12 there seems to be little hope for any of us because “no one can tame the tongue.” However, if James laments that “blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth,” then maybe there is hope in the admission that we can utter blessings. But, I believe that takes a lot of work on our part to get out of the way of the Holy Spirit and let Him control our speech.
Here’s an admirable and biblical goal for all of us to strive to meet…