Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hastens with his feet sins.
In what senses does the writer affirm the text?
1. In the personal sense. To man as an individual. Knowledge gives him mental occupation.
2. In a domestic sense. The family circle, or household, is the first and simplest form of society. It is necessary to its well-being that a legitimate authority and a due subordination should exist in it. The duties of a parent cannot be performed without the advantages of knowledge.
3. In a social sense. In reference to the proper discharge of our duties towards friends and neighbours, superiors and inferiors.
4. In a political sense. If we desire to make a man a good member of the state, we must instruct him in the principles on which political society is formed, and by which alone can exist. We must teach him the grounds of moral obligation. And what are those grounds but the truths of religion?
(Geo. Gibbon, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.