It is out of place, and does mischief. If then we would be honoured, we must pray against being foolish or wicked.
It flies about harmlessly and does nobody any hurt, except the man who uttered it. If we are evil spoken of for doing our duty, we need not mind, it will not harm us any more than the flying of a swallow over our head.
Follies bring us smarts. If we would be happy, God must make us wise: but if we will be foolish, the rod must be our portion.
The two texts are for two different occasions and persons. One will be best at one time, and one at another. Some men it is best to ridicule that they may see their folly and amend, but others would only be provoked by our speech, and therefore it is better to remain silent. Wisdom will direct us which course to pursue.
Nothing but loss comes from trusting vain persons.
He shows his folly when he endeavours to talk wisely, just as the cripple displays his deformity when he tries to dance. His speech is not consistent, and his discourse limps like a cripple in walking. May true religion make all of us wise.
He puts a a worthless person into a place where he can do great damage, and where he is not likely long to remain. Every sinner is like a stone in a sling, and his soul will be slung out by the hand of God, far off from his present rest and comfort.
They had better let it alone—they only hurt themselves, like drunken men playing with thorn bushes. Foolish persons are sure to expose themselves if they attempt a parable, if there be any point in it they run it into themselves before long. Out of their own mouths are they condemned.
But what terrible rewards he gives them. Lord, save us from such.
Sin is ingrained in human nature, and if you draw a man aside from it for a time, yet he naturally flies back to it. The dog must be changed into a lamb, and then he will not return to his former delight; and if fools be born again from above, they will love sin no longer.
The fool may learn, but the conceited man will not. There is more hope of a sinful Publican than of a self-righteous Pharisee.
He invents bugbears to excuse his idleness. Any falsehood will serve as an apology for his laziness. How doubly wicked this is; but a lazy person is capable of anything.
He does nothing, but considers himself a great genius. Being always half asleep he dreams that he is wise, but it is only a dream. Above all things, let us avoid conceited idleness. Let us labour with all our might, and ever cultivate a humble spirit.
We for whom God the Son came down,
And laboured for our good,
How careless to secure the crown
He purchased with his blood.
Lord, shall we lie so sluggish still
And never act our parts?
Come Holy Dove with sacred fire,
Inflame our frozen hearts.