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Cuss and Go to Jail

On December 3, 2008, accused gang member Jamel Sechrest cussed in Judge Robert Ruehlman’s courtroom. Unhappy about having to wait in jail until February 2 for a trial, he said, “That’s (bleeping, bleep bleep).”

“You don’t say (bleep bleep) in the courtroom,” Judge Ruehlman said. Then the Cincinnati judge cited him for contempt and sentenced him to—six months in jail!

The very next day Attorney Michael Brautigam made the same mistake. He was arguing a civil suit before Judge Ruehlman, representing himself in a complaint against his condo association, when he made the mistake of calling the opposing lawyer “a (bleeping) liar.”

Judge Ruehlman cited him for contempt and sentenced him to—six months in jail! “I had to give him six months because I gave the other guy six months,” the judge said.

Our words can get us in trouble, as James 3:1-12 warns us so clearly.

Reference: Kimball Perry, “Another in jail for cussing,” news.Cincinnati.com (12-5-008)

Hot Air

The English word “fool” comes from a Latin word for “bellows” (the device used to pump air to a forge to heat a fire), suggesting that a fool is a person “full of hot air.”

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    Reference: Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Old Testament Wisdom and Poetry, (Victor, 2003), pp. 113-114