When this thought came to my mind years ago, I was considering some thoughts on the tongue. Naturally, (something I have shared previously) my mother’s comments came back: “Empty kettles make a lot of noise!”
The “Wise Man”, Solomon wrote some “masterful” advice in Proverbs 6. “There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers!”
So, if I recognize that he was as wise as accredited to him, to violate those words reveals my ignorance, as well as disobedience to the inspired Word of God.
We are living in an era when it is popular to decimate others, to see if our vocabulary contains a volume of words that we feel is most identifying of others, to reveal our intelligence and their ignorance. Hatred is behind it and only reveals our own lack of discipline to say what needs to be said without descending to a lower level than those with whom we disagree. The previous mentioned Scripture, practiced, shows the adaptation of the words of the Wise Man!
I understand completely what the Psalmist said in Psalm 57, “My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breath forth fire, even sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword. Be exalted above the heavens, O God; let Your Glory be above all the earth…My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing thy praises! …Be exalted above the heavens, O God; let your glory be above all the earth.”
TO BELITTLE IS TO BE LITTLE!