A STRIG OF PEARLS BY ALEXADER MACLARE
•Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging : and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion : whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. 3. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife : but every fool will be meddling, i. The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold ; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water ; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness : but a faithful man who can find ? 7. The just man walketh in his integrity : his children are blessed after him.'— 1'koverbs xx. 1-7.
The connection between the verses of this passage is only in their common purpose to set forth some details of a righteous life, and to brand the opposite vs. 1-7] A STRIG OF PEARLS 221 vices. A slight affinity may be doubtfully traced in one or two adjacent proverbs, but that is all. First comes temperance, enforced by the picture of a drunkard. Wine and strong drink are, as it vrere, personified, and their effects on men are painted as their own characters. And an ugly picture it is, which should hang in the gallery of every young man and woman. 'Wine is a mocker.' Intemperance delights in scoffing at all pure, lofty, sacred things. It is the ally of wild profanity, which sends up its tipsy and clumsy ridicule against Heaven itself. If a man wants to lose his sense of reverence, his susceptibility for what is noble, let him take to drink, and the thing is done. If he would fain keep these fresh and quick, let him eschew what is sure to deaden them. Of course there are other roads to the same end, but there is no other end to this road. obody ever knew a drunkard who did not scoff at things that should be reverenced,