Such a secretive message, when really known, “provokes a horrified look” – especially when it’s not expected (like that “unexpected rain”). This “look” is emotionally-charged, but the term doesn’t necessarily suggest good or bad emotions.
Admittedly, the original word order of this verse leads to other translations. That includes “a horrified look brings a sly tongue” – but that doesn’t sound nearly as dramatic!
Either way, this wise saying is about surprises that pop up in our lives. They may bring good or bad things with them but, when they show up, they do tend to elicit strong reactions.
As we commit ourselves to being the person we should be, it’s wise to be prepared, as much as possible, for the unexpected to show up in our lives – because it will come! Otherwise we’ll find ourselves with uncomfortable feelings, and maybe even inappropriate words or actions, about things we can’t control.
I’m not in charge today and it’s really okay. I don’t need to be – because I know Who is!