A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself….
One definition of prudence is :
the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
I was looking at this verse and my thoughts went to when we(ourselves are evil) when we are the one who wants to say unkind things…Can we let love remain instead…
When I think what evil is I think- bring about harm, to have an angry disposition, –the most common way we all do this is through our mouths. ( for me.) :0(
In those moments if we (me) use prudence we (me) can see that what we (me) are about to say is not good and will not end well.
So we (meeeee!) can shut our (my) mouths and hide ourselves in CHRIST.
In those moments we may just have to crawl inside ourselves…gripping and clawing …depending on how strong willed our ego’s are, and say:
Lord its not about me, I don’t have to say what I feel right now. I may be angry but I do not have to spew forth evil with my words. Lord I choose to use prudence…give me the strength to be quiet when I want to fight. Let love cover me.
It is not always best to stand and confront.
If your heart is evil ( angry, bitter, resentful) it is best to hide in God and get that heart thing taken care of.
Just don’t forget to deal with your feeling constructively or you may end up …non-communicative and leave people hanging. ( I have done this and I do this ) the whole point to begin with- is to not hurt or harm other people with your mouth…
So don’t hurt them with your silence either.