If you have three hundred conversations per week and you lie five times, your Liar Prediction Index would be three hundred to five. You want to lower the number of lies? Then watch this. If you have only two hundred conversations the next week, you’ll bring your net number of lies down to 3.3. Have sixty conversations the following week and you’ll lie only once. And here’s the real beauty of the system. If you want to stop lying altogether, have fifty-nine conversations or fewer. (Bill Hybels, Making Life Work, 88)
Well, we hope he’s talking tongue in cheek, we know it’s not quite like that. It almost sounds a bit like the Preacher’s admonition not to be excessively wicked (Eccl 7:17). But his point’s well taken, that to sin less, do not multiply words. As NLT puts it,
Too much talk leads to sin.Be sensible and keep your mouth shut (Prov. 10:19).