Sometimes, ”Just sit down and shut up” really is the best advice to someone who will receive it in the right spirit. That is part of the message I am receiving as I read through the marvelous book of Proverbs. Have you, too, noticed how many of the Proverbs have to do with speaking; what we say, how we say it, and even whether we should say it at all? There is a reason for this. This is a book of wisdom. Our human nature makes us far too ready to “shoot off our mouths,” as they say. (No pun intended, well maybe it was… ) And God’s word goes to great lengths to admonish us about this inborn tendency to evil.