Then the Lord answered Job . . . and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:1-2)
Have you ever noticed that those who know the least more than often know it the loudest? As we do not like to hear words without knowledge, let us not speak words without knowledge. It is okay not to know everything. It is okay not to be able to add to every conversation. It is more than okay to listen and learn than to speak as if you are learned when you are not. It is the fool that always has to have an opinion. It is arrogant to think that one’s thought must always be spoken. The best conversationalist is the one who speaks little and listens much. The apostle Paul told Timothy that there are people who have, “turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.”(1) Therefore, to speak with uninformed confidence is to darken counsel by words without knowledge.