by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech
The Most Dangerous Word (7 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
Proverbs 27:1

Some thought it was hate; others hell; and others
fear, rumor, revenge, or Death. But it is a less
dangerous looking and a less dangerous sounding word
than any of these. Indeed, that is the dangerous thing
about this word: it hides and disguises the threat and
menace that are in it. What is the most dangerous
word? What is the word that has closed the door of
success to many a dreamer and condemned him who
pronounces it to failure, penury, and woe? What is the
word that paralyzes action and leaves duty undone?
What is the word that is one of the easiest to speak,
and at the same time one of the most fatal in its
effect? What is the word that shines like a mirage on
the desert's face and deceives the pilgrim with its
false promise? What is the word that burns and shines
like an ignis fatuus before the deluded eyes of man?
What is the word that has lighted fools the way to
dusty death? What is the word above all others that
Satan likes to persuade men to use, and therefore is
Satan's favorite word? What is the word that has shut
the gate of the Kingdom of Heaven and condemned souls
to outer darkness? What is the word that more than any
other keeps men from coming to Christ? That word is
tomorrow. "Boast not thyself of tomorrow"- Proverbs

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.

-Shakespeare, Macbeth

"Go to, ye that say tomorrow, for ye know not what
shall be on the morrow" (James 4:13, 14). As one takes
a pleasing opiate and sinks into slumber, so tomorrow
casts its spell over the energies of man. That
tomorrow is the most dangerous of all words, is a
self-evident truth. Yet, as in the case of the other
words, we prove o ...

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