"The seat of the scornful"

There are a good many phases of human thought which are regarded with much complacency by mortals, but which are nevertheless harmful to those who entertain them, and ofttimes disturbing to others who may be influenced by them. In the first psalm we have a fine presentation of the ideal man, who is said to be known of God and protected by Him. Such a one "walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, . . . nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." The last might be regarded as a rather negative virtue did we not find numerous other references to the same subject in the Scriptures. Isaiah says, "The scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off." In Proverbs we read that "scornful men bring a city into a snare." It is also interesting to read Tennyson's words in the "Idyls of the King" —

No knight of Arthur's noblest dealt in scorn;
But if a man were halt or hunched, in him.

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September 12, 1914

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