Prating Versus Profiting

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall…. He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall (Proverbs 10:8,10 KJV).

What does “prating” mean?

The word “prating” appears thrice in our King James Bible—twice in today’s Scripture and once in 3 John 10. Third John 10, the Apostle John describing an apostate named Diotrephes, says: “Wherefore if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.”

According to the book of Proverbs (today’s Scripture), “prating” characterizes a fool. Fools talk excessively and pointlessly. They like to babble, and enjoy hearing themselves speak, but the talk is empty and foolish, simple-mindedness expressed in words. While fools may exercise great oratorical skills, employ a large and impressive vocabulary, and receive great praise of men, the value of their utterances is “0.” There is nothing substantial. They need to be using their tongues more wisely! For, Jesus Christ warned: “That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).

In 3 John 10 (quoted above), “prating” is used not only to describe excessive and foolish talking, but specifically critical remarks made about someone, which remarks are careless because they have no merit. The Bible says that Diotrephes was guilty of “prating against” the apostolic leadership of Israel’s little flock. He was prattling (same as “prating”)—maligning, ranting—about men in and through whom the Holy Spirit was operating. Satan greatly used this to his advantage, to hinder the local Jewish assembly.

Dear friends, there is much “prating” today, even in religious circles, including many so-called “Christian” ones. There are “Diotrepheses” out there. May we not be them. If we are using God’s Word rightly divided, the King James Bible dispensationally-delivered and believed, we will be using profitable, substantive words, terms and concepts that will count for eternity. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).