Psalm 75

“To the boastful I say, ‘Do not be boastful.’ ” (75:5)

There is a Jewish teaching that cautions against trying to give reproach to those who lack the capacity to accept it. An uncontrolled ego may very well be the most serious character flaw. At the core of every flaw, you’ll find an ego which demands attention to the exclusion of others around it and which considers itself to be above the rules. Suggesting to the owner of such an ego to keep it under control is unlikely to be successful. Nevertheless, I commend the Psalmist for tilting at such windmills.

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