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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It is the Promise of God

Pr 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Pr 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

Two kinds of empty hearts are described here:

The ignorant man, void of wisdom in the heart: Pr. 10:8 says that the prating fool who is empty of wisdom in the heart will fall. His wisdom is only of the lip [prating fool, roughly from the Hebrew means "fool of lips."] He has a show of wisdom and talks a good talk, but he has only a show. His folly will be revealed and he falls. Pr 25:14 "Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain." There is a great deal of bluster and blow and the foolish are deceived, but the clouds and wind produce no rain.

The man who speaks hypocitically and winks with the eye. He is another kind of prating fool. He speaks one thing and winks to his comrades to show that he means something else. The politician, after the primary is won, moves toward the center, saying things to appeal to the general polulation, but there is always a "wink, wink" [figurative, of course] to let the base know that he doesn't really mean it.

Both types of fools "fall" because their "wisdom" is of the lips only. The offense of the second is probably the worse, because he is deliberately deceptive. But the end of both is the same, utter destruction and ruin.

The effect of ignorance, however, can be the same as that of hypocrisy. In both cases the heart is far from God.
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