Saturday, July 9, 2011

Quote of the day

Writing about Esau selling his birthright, the Interpreter's Bible (1952) states:

"That was the critical weakness of Esau and that was his condemnation. He lost tomorrow because he snatched so greedily at today.

"Consider his descendants in every generation, including ours: the young men who cannot let any long-range dedication stand in the way of appetite; the frivolous girl who says of something trivial, "I'll die if I do not get it"; the mature people for whom comfort always comes first and for whom anything like religious responsibility is ruled out if it is hard; the men in public office who will sell a birthright of great ideals to satisfy immediate clamor. Attractive traits will not save such people from ultimate dishonor."

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