The term “sin” as used here is not just doing something wrong – whether big or little. It’s best understood as “defiance” or “rebellion.” This sin represents some strong motives raging against authority – human or God.
You can’t just talk defiance or rebellion into submission – it “is not ended by multiplying words.” This is an attitude that will have to be changed from the inside.
“Prudent” is a term used synonymously for “wisdom.” It carries the idea of understanding what’s going on and then deciding to do the appropriate thing.
“The prudent” person can see the emotions of the one who feels all this defiance. The prudent understand the rebellious can’t be talked down and realize the best thing they can do is “hold their tongues.”
Folks all bound up with all these feelings need to be able to talk, themselves. They should know they are being heard and they should be able to see in someone else a better way to live.
Then at that point they might be open to hearing something that might really change their lives. It’s hard work and will take some time.
Do you know how hard this is for me to do this! I have so much to say and I really want to help and…And what I really need to do is just shut up!