To be prudent and wary of the words we use is a sign of a wise and thoughtful person. It is said that in the mouth of a discreet person, even a public thing is private. In other words, even if something may be public knowledge, the discreet person will not always be found talking about it if it might be uncomfortable for others. Psalms 112:5 Psalms 112:5A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
American King James Version×informs us that a good man will conduct his affairs with discretion. It was this quality that made the pharaoh of Egypt select Joseph as his right-hand man centuries ago (Genesis 41:39 Genesis 41:39And Pharaoh said to Joseph, For as much as God has showed you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you are:
American King James Version×).
We all know people who must comment on every issue. Their opinion has to be heard, and their analysis of others is not withheld. God expects us to be careful with our words even when there is cause. Not only is this a matter of character, but it is also the vital attitude that God is seeking. Those who think before they speak, look before they leap.