I said, "Did you see that?" He said, "Yup. She just told you to shut up."
The Bible has a few conversation stoppers, too. They're designed to arrest all whining, fussing, nagging, griping, frothing, suffering, sinning, sickness and death.
- "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalms 46:10
- "The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him." Habakkuk 2:20
- "Peace, Be still." Mark 4:39
- "Hold thy peace, and come out of him." Mark 1:25
- "Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength." Isaiah 41:1
- "Take heed, and be quiet." Isaiah 7:4
- "Study to be quiet, and to do your own business." I Thessalonians 4:11
Others are less direct. I once served on a committee with someone who was contentious and difficult to work with. Every discussion and decision was a struggle. At the end of his term, he sent a note to the committee. It simply said:
II Corinthians 13:11 (to 1st .)
And then he signed his name.
We scrambled to open the Bible, and read, "Finally brethren, Farewell."
We were speechless... and then we cracked up with laughter.
I think my cat would agree with Marcel Marceau, the world famous French mime, who said:
"It's good to shut up sometimes."