Prating Fools Or Sons of Integrity
“Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot. The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall. He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known. He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall.” Proverbs 10:10
prāt — verb, gerund or present participle: prating
talk foolishly or tediously about something.
It’s not the kind of word you hear everyday, but it is important to recognize the nature of those who engage in it regularly. I guess we have all, at one time or another for any number of reasons, nervously rattled on about something nonsensical just to fill-up space in an awkward or uncomfortable situation. But prating is a more serious and egregious offense because it is usually motivated by arrogance and pride.
The prating fool is convinced of his own superior importance so in the multitude of his words he unwittingly exposes his true motive, not to seek truth or engage in reasonable discourse, but to prove himself more important and more knowledgeable on any subject than anyone else, including God. In his many words there is all kinds of sin.
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19
Those who are righteous have no need to strut with pride or to dominate any discourse with endless speech. The truly wise man can make his thoughts known and express wisdom with a great economy of words. Those who feel the need to brag or rattle on and on to impress with their knowledge are setting them selves up for a fall.
So the Scriptures warns us not to be like them, but to walk in the integrity of the righteousness that is ours in Jesus Christ. There is no one else we need to impress now that we belong to God and are His sons and daughters by faith in Jesus Christ. Possessing all things we are content to let others boast and brag while we, with calm quiet assurance, rest our worth, value and confidence in the life, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who freely gave Himself a ransom for us, to redeem us from the curse of the law of sin and death. Now, we live in the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, and in that law we are free. It is bad enough to pervert one’s way with cunning and deception, but prating in ignorance is a way to insure a fall. Security is found in the walk of integrity.