Just curious as to what being “slow to speak” means in James 1:19. Some have taken this to refer to keeping your tongue from too quickly lashing out in anger. However, the very next phrase says “slow to anger”, so, it would seem, the “slow to speak” may actually be referring to something other than anger.
Does it mean to consider every word you say before you say it? I mean, if you take this to an extreme, you would have to pause unnaturally before you said anything! Is this truly what is meant or is something else meant? I mean, I agree that it is sometimes prudent to be s"slow to speak" in this manner, especially when you’re in any “sticky situation” wherein emotions can run high, but it is hard for me to see us doing this at all occasions at all times. At other times, though, shouldn’t our speech proceed very naturally from us according to what we believe without us necessarily having to think on every little thing we say before we say it. Even if we do slip up in these situations, isn’t it sufficient simply to apologize for the slip-up?
Does the being slow to speak rather mean that we are slow, in a sense, to judge what other people are saying, i.e., we jump in before they have a chance to get their words out?
Or, perhaps, does it mean that we shouldn’t be so self-focused that we’re always doing the talking while others can’t, as it were, get a proverbial word in edgewise?
Again, what does this particular part of the passage mean for us? Does it refer to anger, to careful consideration of every word no matter what the situation or even our emotional state, or does it mean something else entirely? Is this about personal judgement? Is it about pride?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Also, any good commentaries on this particular aspect of the verse?