The wise in heart will receive commands,
But a prating fool will fall.
I love the phrase “prating fool”. Sadly because it so frequently describes me. The idea is of a fool who is babbling. In some areas of the country we might call this the fellow who is “running his mouth”. This is fascinating as our culture seems to value one who talks over the one who remains silent. He book of proverbs has so much to say about wise speech and about controlled speech and even about silence, but the reality that running the spigot doesn't
Change the nature of what is coming out of the well. Wisdom listens and seeks to understand, foolishness babbles without even having understanding as a distant goal. As we could rightly expect, both choices have their natural consequences.