Impetuous: impulsive, rash, hasty, reckless, heedless, foolhardy, imprudent, injudicious, ill-conceived, ill-considered, unplanned, unreasoned, unthought-out, unthinking, precipitate, precipitous, headlong, hurried, rushed. Anything but a cautious and sober-minded decision. For years I have taught my children, “Stop…think before you do anything.” At one point I had rubber bracelets made with these words on them: “What would dad think?” I’m not joking; I forced my children to wear them.
How many times have you wished you could stuff your words back into your mouth? As they leave your lips you’re thinking, “please no!” I am sure Esau felt that way the moment after his belly was full. “Sure, take my entire inheritance for a bowl of soup.” No more impetuous words were ever spoken. Let’s take a trip through the Bible and find the many instances when man spoke too soon, without thinking, sometimes extensively. It never works out well. We will land in the modern day and see how this is playing out in our world, even now.