The message continues, listing those upon whom the world relies, but to no good end.
‘The captain of fifty,’ denotes those who are in authority over men in the army or in ranks, but also can include those who are managers or supervisors in business or organizations or even government. These would refer to the middle ranks of authority in society.
‘The honorable man,’ refers to those of higher position in society. He has a position that carries the connotation of higher dignity or elevated respect. This also applies to the higher or elevated pride which accompanies higher positions in society. It can include higher management, or celebrities, or professors, or religious leaders and such.
‘The counselor,’ applies to those who would advise from the various credentialed professions. Lawyers, doctors, advisors and the like would be included in this category.
‘The expert artisan,’ refers to contractors, builders, those who form or build or design things with their hands.
‘The skillful enchanter,’ refers to those who influence through speech. Orators or speakers, or those who tend to convince through speeches. This last word, ‘lachash,’ refers to skilled persuasion through whispering. It means that someone who sighs or whispers expertly, in order to gain attention and compliance with their smoothness of words.
Eloquent orators often use appeals that pierce into the emotions, into guilt, into suggested principles of good. That is, ‘look at these poor starving children, now give to our organization.’ ‘Tax the rich, that we may all have a share.’ The idea here is that an appeal of emotion for something good that is implied, and is used to promote something that is not necessarily good, but often times is evil. People are often times influenced not based on facts, but on emotion.
And again, all of these positions and actions are common in society, but cannot defeat mans problems, nor are they valid substitutes of truth. When Gods crushing blow of wrath comes along, these things will be impotent and of no use.
Therefore, many things in society are needed in order for society to function in this world. Many things exist which are not necessary as they promote negative ideas. But when it all comes down to it, Bible doctrine is the only source of permanent and solid truth and stability for life. Without legitimate Bible doctrine, life disintegrates into disaster and cannot sustain or support itself.