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3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
All are constantly on guard to justify themselves, to wriggle out of embarrassing mistakes, to cover up humiliating evidence of ignorance or wrong judgment, to relate little self glorifying experiences illustrating how clever they are and how foolish others are in comparison. Most arguments are just two prides making a foolish spectacle of themselves.
It is hard to see all this in ourselves, though strangely everyone else seems to have it.
Bro Growcott - Search Me O God
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
THE Proverbs are all about wisdom and folly: the infinite beauty of wisdom, and the tragic foolishness of folly.
Perhaps this is one of the biggest lessons we have to learn, and self-changes we have to make. Once "in the Truth," few of us are in great danger of what we would call "wickedness"; but ALL of us are naturally very, very prone to folly.
It takes many forms. All natural thinking is folly. Anything light or childish or silly or "funny" or selfish or unkind or fleshly or worldly-in short, anything below the ideal level to which we strive, of perfect unity and harmony with the Divine Mind - is folly.
May God in His love grant us the inestimable blessing of increasingly perceiving and overcoming our follies and growing out of them-up and into full spiritual wisdom and maturity.
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Man was never made to guide himself, and if he insists on attempting the task he not only fails, but merits extinction. When fresh from the hands of his Maker he was unable to think rightly (as we know from the reasoning in Eden), how much less so now after the hardening and warping of 6,000 years of wrong-doing.
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, Nov 1899
23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Drudgery is inseparable from intellectual research and moral improvement. It is the test of faculty, the price of knowledge, the essence of duty.
[Bro Thomas did the hard part]