I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;…
I. IT IS FOOLISH. Solomon characterises this indolent man as one "void of understanding." therein do you see this man's folly? In the flagrant neglect of his own interests. You may cultivate your field by proxy, but you can only cultivate your soul yourself.
II. IT IS PROCRASTINATING.
III. IT IS RUINOUS.
1. Consider the wretched condition to which his estate was reduced. "Lo, it was all grown over with thorns," etc. It might have waved in golden grain.Two things suggested by the words.
1. That the ruin is gradual in its approach. It does not burst on you at once, like a thunder-storm.
2. The ruin is terrible in its consummation. "As an armed man." It will seize you as with the grasp of an indignant warrior.
(D. Thomas, D.D.)
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