A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:
I. NO MAN IS SO WISE BUT HE MAY LEARN MORE. And that both in theoretical and practical knowledge, how to think better, and how to do better. Be not content with that measure of knowledge ye have, but labour still for more.
II. MUCH KNOWLEDGE COMES IN AT THE EAR. Hearing and seeing are by called the learned senses, because by these doors learning enters into the soul. Yea, and lips also. The ears are the conduit pipes of wisdom to convey it to us.
III. THE SCRIPTURE BRINGS IN INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE. Because —
1. It is the highest book in the world.
2. All heavenly wisdom in other books comes from thence, as waters in rivers from the fountain.
IV. SCRIPTURE LEARNING IS THE BEST LEARNING. It is the most profound knowledge. It is the most profitable.
V. NATURAL PARTS WELL USED HELP MUCH IN RELIGION. Paul's learning was a great help to him, and Solomon's high reach. It is a wonder what may be attained by industry and God's blessing upon it.
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