Proverbs 25:11 tells us:
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 17:28 tells us:
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Psalm 141:3 prays:
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
And Psalm 62:5 says:
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
It is, obviously, all about knowing when and where to speak, when and where to keep silent, and the how and the why. Let me know if you know the answer. The key word is, I suppose: discernment. Simple, no?
Christ in Silence – Odilon Redon