Over the years I have been blessed with the common sense to use information I come across that while not germane to the issue being researched, may be useful in others areas of gathering and using another article, sermon or book. Such is the case with today's comment.
I discovered the name of a man that I had paid no attention to in previous dives to the bottom of The Sea of Information. I didn't have the man's name, but I have met him or actually the same spirit or attitude in men and women who have many of this man's outstanding characteristics and one of his outstanding flaws.
Due to his fatal flaw he missed out on being a part of the most famous undertaking of his time. The undertaking of which I speak to this day has enormous ramifications for a large part of Western Society.
What about being a part of the most successful publishing effort in recorded history, with several billion copies in print?
I am writing of Hugh Broughton. Never heard of him? Most people haven't. He was by all accounts the most qualified man in the world during his lifetime to be a part of this enterprise, yet his name is rarely if ever mentioned because he was excluded from having a part, not due to his lack of credentials, for was the was the most learned of a much learned group. In the following discover the reason for his exclusion:
Hugh Broughton, the most highly regarded English Hebraist of his time (but who had been excluded from the panel of translators because of his utterly uncongenial temperament), issued in 1611 a total condemnation of the new version, criticizing especially the translators' rejection of word-for-word equivalence and stated that "he would rather be torn in pieces by wild horses than that this abominable translation (KJV) should ever be foisted upon the English people."
I am using this abbreviated story of Hugh as mirror for me and hopefully for you my dear reader. (I am sure I have at least one).
The most highly regarded Hebrew Scholar of his day, left out in the cold because he was mean spirited as his reaction shows in the little above piece.
In a city of any size it is possible to fill the largest venue with men and women much like Hugh Broughton. Erudite above most, above all in the field, yet due to attitude, never come close to what their intellect and learning should enable them to achieve. We meet people like this nearly every day, some day's we are one, and the work at hand and the race at large suffer due to the deprivation of their potential contribution.
This, “Hugh,” without fail will be rejected due his/her flaw and will without fail venomously attempt to blacken (denigrate) the effort of those who do accomplish something of value.
The Apostle Paul gives some insight into the "Hugh" personality in Eph 4:31
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
These spiritual sins add up to a life of misery in spite of great gifts.