Take No Heed

Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee.

Ecclesiastes 7:21

There is a good quote that I heard a while ago that says something like “believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”  I think that is one of the ideas put forth in this verse.

Just imagine how much better our lives would be if we would just “take no heed unto all words that are spoken.”  Just think how much easier and more peaceful our lives would be if we would put that truth into practice.  How often are we harmed, hurt, offended, discouraged and depressed by things that we hear?  Imagine a life in which none of those things effected us.  What a nice, peaceful life that would be.

There are many things that we don’t need to hear.  There are many things that it would be better if we didn’t hear.  In this verse, the reason given for not taking heed to the words of others is that you might hear your servant curse you.  Now, that would seem at first to be a good thing, but the next verse sheds some light on the situation:

“For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.”  Sometimes when we hear others say negative things, we tend to look down our noses at them.  We might allow ourselves to swell up a little with pride.  In truth, we have all probably said something at some point that is as bad, if not worse, than what we just heard another say.

Sometimes we can’t help what enters our ears, but we can help what we “listen” to.  We need to be careful not to allow foolish things to enter our minds and we need to be careful who we are listening to and what their message is.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, Great post! It reminded me of the song “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns. The second and third verses are:

    Be careful little ears what you hear
    When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
    Be careful little lips what you say
    For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

    The journey from your mind to your hands
    Is shorter than you’re thinking
    Be careful if you think you stand
    You just might be sinking

    We do need to be so careful of what we listen to and how we react to what we hear. But as you point out, we also need to be careful about what we say for others to hear. That is something I need to work on myself. Peace, Linda


  2. Great song to add to this, Linda. 🙂 I have found that so true. And what I read too. Sometimes friends send me things and I just have to delete it, but thank them for thinking of me, if I know it’s not something that is going to be good for me to read or listen to. God bless you, Ben, for always having something that we can grow from and listen to!


    • I find myself in the same situation all the time. There is something in the back of my mind telling me that I don’t need to be hearing/reading this. I suppose that, as with all things, it’s going to be a lifelong struggle. But the Lord has promised to help us.


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