Proverbs 14:3

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
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Ambrose of Milan

AD 397
What judgment harder than that of our hearts, whereby each one stands convicted and accuses himself of the injury that he has wrongfully done against his brother? This the Scriptures speak of very plainly, saying, “Out of the mouth of fools there is a rod for wrongdoing.” Folly, then, is condemned because it causes wrongdoing. Ought we not rather to avoid this, than death, or loss, or want, or exile or sickness? Who would not think some blemish of body or loss of inheritance far less than some blemish of soul or loss of reputation? Duties of the Clergy. ...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Pride. He chastiseth with haughtiness, and is ever quarrelling.

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
It is the way of haughty preachers that they are more desirous of strictly reproving their hearers even when distressed than they are to cherish them in a kindly manner. For they study more to chide and reprove faults than to encourage goodness with praise. They are anxious to appear superior to other people, and they are better pleased when anger raises their feelings than when love makes them equal. They always want to find something to smite sharply with reproof. As it is written, “In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride,” because really he knows how to smite sharply but not to sympathize with humility. .. ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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