Proverbs 18:13

13 To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.

Read Proverbs 18:13 Using Other Translations

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

What does Proverbs 18:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 18:13

He that answereth a matter before he heareth [it]
Who is impatient, and cannot wait to hear it out, but breaks in upon the speaker before he has finished what he has to say; or is rash and precipitate, and returns an answer at once, without weighing and considering, and thoroughly understanding, what is said: it [is] folly and shame unto him;
his answer must be a foolish one, and bring shame and confusion upon him; men should be "swift to hear", and "slow to speak", ( James 1:9 ) .

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