What shall I say? he has both spoken to me, and himself has done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.
I. A wise RESOLVE. Reckless ambition is folly. Our stage of action is polluted, insecure, and vanishing. We are weak and dying. To walk in humility, self-distrust, and holy fear is wisdom.
II. ITS CAUSE. Afflictions change our views of life. They change us. Wisdom is often born out of soul-bitterness. A severe affliction should be an epoch in a man's life. It should pluck out his follies, and make his future a more tender, gentle, lovable thing.
(W. O. Lilley.)
Parallel VersesKJV: What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.