The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.…
A fool of lips; a lip-fool.
1. The self-conceited are generally superficial. There is much talk and little substance; words without sense; plenty of tongue, but a lack of wit. Light matter floats on the surface, and appears to all; what is solid and precious lies at the bottom. The foam is on the face of the waters; the pearl is below.
2. The reference may be to the bluster of insubordination; the loud protestations and boastings of his independence on the part of the man who resists authority and determines to be "a law unto himself."
Parallel VersesKJV: The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.