5 The fool will no more be called noble,
nor the scoundrel said to be honorable.
6 For the fool speaks folly,
and his heart is busy with iniquity,
to practice ungodliness,
to utter error concerning the Lord,
to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,
and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
7 As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil;
he plans wicked schemes
to ruin the poor with lying words,
even when the plea of the needy is right.
8 But he who is noble plans noble things,
and on noble things he stands. – Isaiah 32:5-8
Do you sometimes read Scripture and think, well that seems totally obvious? Do you wonder why such obvious things are stated so obviously? A fool speaks folly and a scoundrel plans wicked schemes. Not what you would call a newsflash as such. Why does God take such great pains to say the things that we should know already?
I think it is because we tend to forget the truth all too quickly. We want to believe that the scoundrel isn’t trying to take us for a ride. We want to believe that the fool might get something right, just this once. Because sometimes, we can be a scoundrel and sometimes we get downright foolish. But we are not to remain like that. The King has set you free from bondage to foolishness and scoundrel-like behavior. What remains then is to plan noble things and to stand in them.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:13