The Foolishness of Man

The Foolishness of Man from the August 22, 2016 eNews issue by Dr. Steve Elwart An empty-headed person will gain understanding when a wild donkey is born a human being! — Job 11:12 (ISV) An Old Saying There is a saying “God must have loved stupid people, He made so many of them.” Doesn’t sound very Christian, does it? It is interesting to note that a person no less than Dietrich Bonhoeffer had something to say about Continue Reading

A wise man is here advised not to set his wit to a fool’s, not to dispute with him

Proverbs 29:9 9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. A wise man is here advised not to set his wit to a fool's, not to dispute with him, or by contending with him to think either of fastening reason upon him or gaining right from him: If a wise man contend with a wise man, he may hope to be understood, and, as far as he has reason and equity on his side, to carry his point, at least to Continue Reading

Send not a message by the hand of a fool; Fools are fit for nothing, they are either sottish men, who will never think and design at all, vicious men, who will never think and design well

Proverbs 26:6-9 6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. 7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. To recommend wisdom to us, and to quicken us to the diligent use of all the Continue Reading

Men run themselves aground and blame God

Proverbs 19:3 3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD. We have here two instances of men's folly:-- 1. That they bring themselves into straits and troubles, and run themselves a-ground, and embarrass themselves: The foolishness of man perverts his way. Men meet with crosses and disappointments in their affairs, and things do not succeed as they expected and wished, and it is owing to Continue Reading

How we discern a fool and discover him & Depart from him

Proverbs 14:7 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. See here, 1. How we may discern a fool and discover him, a wicked man, for he is a foolish man. If we perceive not in him the lips of knowledge, if we find there is no relish or savour of piety in his discourse, that his communication is all corrupt and corrupting, and nothing in it good and to the use of edifying, we may conclude the Continue Reading

Proverbs 17:16; God’s great goodness to foolish man, to fit him for both worlds: Man’s great wickedness to neglect God’s favour

Proverbs 17:16 16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? Two things are here spoken of with astonishment:-- 1. God's great goodness to foolish man, in putting a price into his hand to get wisdom, to get knowledge and grace to fit him for both worlds. We have rational souls, the means of grace, the strivings of the Spirit, access to God by prayer; we have time and opportunity. He Continue Reading

Proverbs 17:10; A Word is enough to the wise: Stripes are not enough for a fool, to make him sensible of his errors.

Proverbs 17:10 10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. Note, 1. A word is enough to the wise. A gentle reproof will enter not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man, so as to have a strong influence upon him; for, if but a hint be given to conscience, let it alone to carry it on and prosecute it. 2. Stripes are not enough for a fool, to make him sensible of his errors, that he may Continue Reading