Don’t Be a Prating Fool

Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

The truth of this verse plays itself out over and over again in daily life.  As is common in Hebrew poetry, the first part of the verse stands in contrast to the last part.

If a person is wise then they will receive commandments.  “Receive” should be understood as “listen” or “obey”.  It doesn’t mean that a person will get more rules to follow, but rather it means that he/she is receptive to instruction. Continue reading

Is Truth Dead?

Jeremiah 7:28

But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.

Jeremiah lived in a dark day in Judah’s history.  He faithfully preached God’s message to the people, but they did not listen.  The verse above is part of Jehovah’s assessment of them.  They did not obey or even accept correction for their evil ways.  God then states that “truth is perished”.

When we turn away from God’s truth, it becomes dead (ineffective) to us.  It has, in effect, perished in our lives.  Christians need to guard against this and accept the truth that God has revealed through His Word.  We must not let the cares of life, our culture, or anything turn us away from God’s message.  When truth dies in our life, our fellowship with God goes with it.  When we follow His precepts and wisdom, we can have a vibrant spiritual life as we obediently live for Him.