Blind fools! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred?
For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
It is necessary to go on boasting. 1 Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.
and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil people. For not all have faith.
When its branches get brittle, 1 they break; women come and use them for kindling. 2 For these people lack understanding, 3 therefore the one who made them has no compassion on them; the one who formed them has no mercy on them.
Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! May a sword fall on his arm and his right eye! May his arm wither completely away, and his right eye become completely blind!”
When David went home to pronounce a blessing on his own house, 1 Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to meet him. 2 She said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished 3 himself this day! He has exposed himself today before his servants’ slave girls the way a vulgar fool 4 might do!”
So the sovereign master was not pleased 1 with their young men, he took no pity 2 on their orphans and widows; for the whole nation was godless 3 and did wicked things, 4 every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. 5 Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again. 6
“Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures 1 just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn 2 from these worthless 3 things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, 4 the sea, and everything that is in them.
Also some of the Epicurean 1 and Stoic 2 philosophers were conversing 3 with him, and some were asking, 4 “What does this foolish babbler 5 want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” 6 (They said this because he was proclaiming the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 7
I have become a fool. You yourselves forced me to do it, for I should have been commended by you. For I lack nothing in comparison 1 to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.
And Balaam said to the donkey, “You have made me look stupid; I wish 1 there were a sword in my hand, for I would kill you right now.”
I am willing to shame and humiliate myself even more than this! 1 But with the slave girls whom you mentioned let me be distinguished!”
This happened because of all the sins which Baasha and his son Elah committed and which they made Israel commit. They angered the Lord God of Israel with their worthless idols. 1