Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hastens with his feet sins.
I. MAN IS POSSESSED OF AN IMMORTAL PRINCIPLE WHICH, ONCE CALLED INTO EXISTENCE, IS BY ITS VERY CONSTITUTION COEVAL WITH ITS MAKER. Man has a soul. God has provided for the supply of the soul as well as of the body. The mental aliment is knowledge.
II. PROVE IN WHAT RESPECT IT IS NOT GOOD THAT THE SOUL BE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE. The knowledge meant is —
1. The knowledge of God as revealed in His Word.
2. A knowledge of Christ crucified.
3. The knowledge of ourselves as fallen moral beings.
4. The knowledge of our threefold duty to God, to our neighbour, and to ourselves.
(1) It is not good for a man's self, whether we consider him as a solitary or a social being.
(2) It is not good for others. Man, as even heathen moralists maintain, was made for his fellow-creatures as well as for himself. As causes produce effects, so ignorance produces rudeness, incivility, insubordination, and, too frequently, cunning, dishonesty, cruelty, sensuality, and every evil work. It cannot be good for others that they should be left without knowledge.
(J. W. Niblock, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.