The first thing that strikes me from this proverb is the statement that a man of knowledge will use words with restraint, or sparingly. Basically this is saying that people who talk LESS possess MORE knowledge. Holding your tongue and not necessarily saying everything you know is a sure sign that you possess knowledge and wisdom. The flip side is the fact that those who talk too much have less knowledge. Isn’t that funny? Many people try to impress you with their vast knowledge by TALKING your head off. But according to the Bible the way you prove you know nothing is to say EVERYTHING!
Secondly, this proverb tells us that possessing understanding has a direct effect on your temper. Flying off the handle and losing control of yourself is a sure sign that you LACK wisdom! Some angry people like to think that they are just high strung, Type-A go getters that sometimes lose their cool. Well, your friends or family may overlook it and your therapist may support your dysfunction to the tune of $300 an hour, but the BIBLE says that you simply lack wisdom. Wise people don’t lose their cool.
I am always aghast when I hear Christians claim character deficiencies as their personality. They OWN defects of their personality as if it what makes them. In fact, we should take our character defects and give them to the Lord, asking Him to change them. Being fearful, anxious or angry is NOT who God created you to be. It’s something that needs to be healed and corrected by the power of God!
People that know the most, say the least. Wisdom makes you reasonable.