I said, "Did you see that?" He said, "Yup. She just told you to shut up."
The Bible has a few conversation stoppers, too. I will list just seven. They're designed to arrest all whining, fussing, nagging, griping, frothing, suffering, sinning, sickness and death. You might like to click on the hyperlinks for each word to go to a post on each subject - after you finish reading this post, of course!
- "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 agreed with Marcel Marceau, the world famous French mime, who said:
"It's good to shut up sometimes."