When a man is self-conceited, rash, and given to wrangling, there is more hope of the ignorant and profligate. – Matthew Henry
I had to look up some of the context for the words used in this commentary. Wrangling – is have a long and complicated dispute. Profligate – a licentious, dissolute person. Licentious – promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters. Dissolute – lax in morals.
Imagine having less hope than a fool. The fool actually has more hope than two types of people – the one who uses hasty words and those who are conceited.
Hasty words are just that – words that come out so quickly that there is no opportunity of salvaging them, taking them back – they do what they were intent on doing and there are no apologies, excuses or explanations that can undo what’s been done. In a very important manner, hasty words betray a heart that has little self-control.
When you see hasty speech, you also see pride, envy and greed. If you think you have love, hope, faith, God, and a prayer life – those are silenced and no one sees them.
Still cannot imagine how many times Proverbs points out that there is no hope for a fool – hard to believe there is more hope for a fool than a person who is hasty with their words.
Do you see someone who is hasty in speech? There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that. – Proverbs 29:20