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…
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