Solomon’s focus on being sparse in speech when entering God’s temple seems like an abrupt change. The entire book has been a lengthy reflection on the nature of human existence, followed by brief admonitions to focus on what is truly important and reject vain pursuits. Now Solomon tells us that those who would enter God’s temple, which Solomon helped build, with a rash desire to speak will prove to be fools.

God’s greatness should cause worshippers to reflect on the meaning of their words when they go to the place God dwells on earth, the temple. This of course applies to us today, though our temples are our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit of God, and Jesus Christ Himself. Additionally, it is certainly foolish to make false promises to God.

This passage also indicates that we are unwise when we seek to worship God in prayer and spend little time in silence or reflection. As Solomon’s father heard from the Lord, we need to be still and know that God is God (Psalm 40:10). May we take time to pause and sit in silence to remember God’s goodness and greatness today.