"Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath..."
I pretty much do the opposite of this most of the time. I usually half listen, interrupt to give my opinion and then try to prove my point when I don't really understand what the conversation is really intended to be about.
I would be much better at being 'swift to hear' if I practiced better listening skills. Often I get distracted while someone is talking to me and I start preparing what I am going to say instead of really listening and focusing on their words. I need to train myself to shift my attention back to the person talking when that happens. If I need something that I don't understand clarified I should repeat what I have heard in my own words and ask them if I understand them correctly. Lean forward, nod, don't interrupt and try to be non-judgmental.
I am pretty quick to talk. I have a tendency to respond quickly. Some comments need to be well thought out. I know I have said plenty of things that I wish I could take back. I need to learn to stop, take a breath while I think of my response.
"Let your speech always be with grace..."
Slow to wrath - yeah, I do the opposite of that a lot. I take things personally pretty frequently.
"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger"
So many arguments could be avoided if everyone in my family practiced better communication.
Definitely something we all need to work on :)