Pro 17:28 Even a fool keeping silence is reckoned wise, He who is shutting his lips intelligent!
I have often wondered when it is more prudent to keep silent. There is that saying that evil prevails when good men say nothing… or something like that. With the world increasingly edging towards a society that reflects the days of Noah, are those who truly seek good and hate evil ever to be silent?
Just read this and see what you think…
Amo 5:13 Therefore he that is prudent shall keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.
Amo 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and so Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.
Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish justice in the gate: it may be that Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Amo 5:16 Therefore thus saith Jehovah, the God of hosts, the Lord: Wailing shall be in all the broad ways; and they shall say in all the streets, Alas! Alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful in lamentation to wailing.
Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing; for I will pass through the midst of thee, saith Jehovah.
Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of Jehovah! Wherefore would ye have the day of Jehovah? It is darkness, and not light.
Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
I have to say I was a bit puzzled about this whole keeping silent thing, especially when there are so many bible verses that say things like…
Isa 62:6 `On thy walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen, All the day, and all the night, Continually, they are not silent.’ O ye remembrancers of Jehovah, Keep not silence for yourselves,
So, what does it mean, this being prudent and to keep silent during a particular time?
A little bit of a ‘silent’ word search suggests that those who are silent have been struck dumb by the Hand of God Himself.
In the same book – Amos – there is a prophecy of the famine of the Word of God…
Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord Jehovah, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah.
Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of Jehovah, and shall not find it.
This whole thing is really puzzling me! Thoughts?