What you have seen with your eyes do not bring[a] hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence, 10 or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.
11 Like apples[b] of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.
Don’t Rush to Judgement
People who like to get things done can also jump to conclusions. This is true in marriage, work, and church. We can assign motives and decide what a person is like without bothering to continue to talk with them. We can take the little bit of information that we do know and invent information that we don’t. Also, we do not allow people to change. People can be redeemed. They can become new people, but if we write them off too quickly, we deprive them of their chance of redemption.
- Which sensory information should we be cautious about acting upon?
- What should we not betray?
- Was a person generally slow or quick to rush to court?
- How fast are you to rush to judgement?
- How can decisions be made at an appropriate pace?