Proverbs 10:14 Listening and Traps

When you read a book, the conversation is one-way. You cannot influence what the author is going to say on the next page. If there was such a thing as listening with the eyes, this would be it.

If I can keep my comments to myself, actively listen, and ask the right questions, I can learn from the one I am conversing with. If I really want to know what it is they have to say, this is my key to finding out.

When you talk, you are repeating something you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.

Dalai Lama

To acquire knowledge, one must learn how to listen, with and without the ears. The mouth cannot listen. Calling it the “trap” is an excellent metaphor. Not only can it trap us into a bad situation, but it can trap us from gaining knowledge.

Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Proverbs 10:14

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