Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?
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George Leo Haydock
Windy, inconclusive arguments. They all entertain a mean opinion of their adversaries, as they did not agree in the application of the propositions. Hence though they might be true, they were nothing to their present purpose, chap. xv. 3. (Haydock)
Trouble. You can speak without any pain: but the case is far different with me. (Menochius)
Hebrew, "what emboldeneth thee to answer? "(Haydock)
Who asks thee for advice? (Calmet)
True friends will give it without upbraiding, or laying false crimes to the charge of any one. (Worthington)
3. For those are ‘windy words,’ which serve the end of temporal inflating, rather than the end of righteousness. Now oftentimes the wicked speak even good things, but because they do not say them well, they are putting forth ‘windy words:’ for their words, even if they be at any time sound in the sentence, are yet blown out in self-elation. But in this that is said, viz. burthensome comforters are ye all; what else are we taught by the tutorage of blessed Job, but that everyone should learn to look to it heedfully, that in the season of sorrow he never urge words of upbraiding? For if there be some points which might be justly found fault with in time of distress, they ought to be put aside, lest the comforter by rebuking heighten the sorrow, which he had it in view to alleviate. It goes on;
Or is there any thing troublesome to thee, if Thou speakest?
4. When bad men utter abusive words to those that are like to themselves, they are the more quickly silenced, in proportion as t...