20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.
21 A servant pampered from youth
will turn out to be insolent.
The wise person listens to understand and grows in knowledge. The average person listens to respond and grows in wit. But the babbler neither listens nor grows. His problem is twofold: he talks too much, which drives others to avoid him; and as long as he is talking he cannot learn. What hope is there that he will change his ways? Few attempt to help him, as he will surely test the limits of their patience.
“A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.” Although the subject here is a servant, this principle applies to all youths. There is a window of opportunity in which to instill work ethic and respect, after which the difficulty rapidly increases. A little bit of discipline in the early days, for youth as well as overseer, prevents a great deal of trouble later on.