146 PRICE IN HAND OF THE [SER. VIT.
And seeing no beauty in it, he has no
ardent desires after it. His desires are
strong for the perishable objects of time
and sense. He can ardently exclaim :—
" What shall we eat ? or What shall we
drink? or Wherewithal shall we be
clothed?"1 " But none saith, where is God
my maker, who giveth so?igs in the night."2
Since ungodly men, with all the facili¬
ties kind Providence has given them to
be wise, continue wretchedly foolish not¬
withstanding, the wise man enquires,—
Wherefore is it that they have these ad¬
vantages ? The question implies, that
these means of w7isdom are unworthily
placed,—that they are of no essential
benefit to the possessor. Hence, he says,
Wherefore is this ? " Wherefore is there a
price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,
seeing he hath no heart to it?"
We may answer, that this price is
1 Matt, vi., 31. 2 Job xxxv., 10.