Your Bible has many things to say about drawing hasty conclusions. In this passage, Solomon warns us of some things not to do and some consequences of drawing a hasty conclusion.
Before you draw a conclusion:
- Get as close as possible to the source and get the FACTS.
- Verse 9, debate thy cause with thy neighbor thyself. [Matt.18:15]- Alone
- Never make a conclusion at “first report”, they are seldom correct. [2 Sam.13:30]
- Be very careful of your “own conceit”, meaning your conceptions, understanding, opinions, or imaginations. [Prov.18:11, 26:5, 12,16, 28:11] They all can be wrong!
- [Prov.18:13] produces folly and shame, [Prov.20:25] Inquire after vows! what a mess!
- Before the FACTS are confirmed, never share the information or your opinion with anyone else.
- Verse 9. Discover not a secret to another
- [Prov.29:20] there is more hope of a fool than of him, hasty in his words
- [Prov.29:11] a wise man keepeth it till afterwards, identifies you as a fool
- [Prov.17:27-28] counted wise
- [James 1:19-20] Quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath
- Consequences of hasty conclusions
- You are put to shame, your neighbor makes a fool of you
Verse 10, put the to shame, and thy infamy (evil report) turn not away, lasting effect
- [Rom.12:3] Watch what you think of yourself, are you conceited? (having a flattering opinion of one’s self)
- [1 Cor.4:6] Are you Puffed up? (full of pride)
- [Gal.6:3-4] don’t have a true perspective of who you are, you are a full-time job!
- [Prov. 25:6-7] have you elevated yourself?
Stay Humble, open minded, and searching for the truth first.