“Make thyself a craftsman in speech, for thereby thou shalt gain the upper hand.”
– On a 3000 year old Egyptian tomb (HT: John Zimmer)
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God….
…And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
– In a 2000 year old letter to Corinth from a Christian apostle
An interesting contrast, is it not? Skill in speech has its value, but if it becomes a replacement for the power of God, you get converts to men (who are too often seeking to gain the upper hand) rather than to God.