Let me give you a word to the wise: Don’t drive on slick roads. You don’t want to wreck your car or hurt someone. Another weather-related word to the wise: Don’t skate on thin ice. Bad weather-related choices can put you under the weather.
A word to the wise is good advice – a word (or words) of wisdom.
A longer version says a word to the wise is sufficient. A wise person does not require a lot of words. A short explanation or hint is enough.
Sometimes a word to the wise tells you what to do.
- Wash your hands often (especially during flu season).
- Listen more than you talk. (God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.)
- Think before you speak.
- Obey the law. (Follow the straight and narrow.)
Other times a word to the wise tells you what not to do.
It warns of danger.
- Take silly chances (like skating on thin ice).
- Go where you might get in trouble.
- Stay angry.
- Forget the importance of relationships.
“Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge” (Proverbs 22:17 HCSB).
Thanks to Cecelia Lester for the suggestion.
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