I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear.
This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice.

(Jeremiah 22, Ver. 21.)

I spake unto thee in thy prosperity. Heb., In thy prosperities, or tranquillities.

Prosperity rendereth men refractory.

Demetrius called a peaceable and prosperous life a dead sea; because, being not tossed with any considerable troubles, it slayeth the simple, as Solomon hath it. {1}

Men are usually best when worst, and worst when best: like the snake which, when frozen, lieth quiet and still, but waxing warm, stirreth and stingeth.

The parable of the sun and the wind is known, Anglica gens est optima flens et pessima ridens. The English people are best crying and worst laughing.

Some of those who, in Queen Mary’s days, kept their garments close about them, wore them afterwards more loosely.

It is as hard to bear prosperity, as to drink much wine and not be giddy.

It is, at least, as strong waters to a weak stomach; which, however they do not intoxicate, yet they weaken the brain: plus deceptionis semper habet quam delectationis; it always has greater deception then amusments, it is able to entice, and ready to kill the entangled.

In rest we contract rust; neither are men’s ears opened to hear instruction but by correction. {2}

God holdeth us to hard meat, that he may be true to our souls. {#Ps 119:75}

  1. Proverbs 1:32 (KJV) For the turning away of the simple shall slay them,
    and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
  2. Job 33:16 (KJV) Then he openeth the ears of men,
    and sealeth their instruction.
  3. Psalms 119:75 (KJV) I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right,
    and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

The painting: One of the Marriage a la Mode series by William Hogarth