Trifling, pedantic criticisms upon 'words'

(Samuel Davies)

"Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:14-15

You know that it is not my usual method to carry a great quantity of learned disquisition with me into the pulpit; or to spend your valuable time in trifling, pedantic criticisms upon 'words', which may indeed have a 'show of education', and amuse those who admire what they do not understand—but can answer no valuable end for a God-fearing audience.

"If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions." 1 Timothy 6:3-4