Bosh and Nonsense

nonsense - 2I love Dr. Suess—his amazing rhymes miraculously make sense out of nonsensical words. Nursery rhymes, on the other hand, can be a toss-up. What can be gleaned from: “Hey, diddle, diddle / the cat and the fiddle / the cow jumped over the moon…”?  Then you’ve got limericks. Consider one of Edward Lear’s famous limericks:

There was a Young Lady of Dorking,

Who bought a large bonnet for walking;

But its colour and size,

So bedazzled her eyes,

That she very soon went back to Dorking.

Of course, this kind of nonsense is innocent and fun. At worst, it could be termed codswallop or drivel. But there are other words that describe unproductive and even destructive communication. Bosh, bunkum and balderdash all describe talk that is empty, useless, insincere or foolish.

In the Scriptures, a foolish person lives life as if God and His will were of no consequence: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). A foolish person speaks without using caution: “A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul” (Proverbs 18:6-7). “Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin” (Proverbs 10:14).

Instead of speaking bosh and nonsense, let us daily declare: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).


  1. Linda

    Thank you for your words of encouragement! And a reminder of how important our words are. We live by our words. The Holy Spirit spoke these words to me in chorus form several years ago. He reminds me of them often and I sing them as a prayer to Him. And as a desire of my heart to be pleasing to Him. I so need to be reminded to pay attention to the words I speak daily!

    I just wanted to share this you. Thank you again for your commitment and service to our King, Jesus! Savior! Redeemer!

    (If I may ask, are you going to do another Bible Book Dramatization? We had heard that you may do the book of Daniel or Ezekiel? We will so love it if you do!)

    God bless you and your team as you present hope and encouragement with The Truth of His Word!

    Secure in Christ, Linda

    PSALM 19:14 CHORUS

    May the words of my mouth, the meditation of my heart,
    Be for Your Glory
    May the words of my mouth, the meditation of my heart,
    Be for Your praise.
    May I walk upright
    Be pleasing in Your sight
    For Your Glory,
    Every where that I go
    Everything that I do
    Be for Your praise!
    Linda Norman

  2. What a beautiful chorus, Linda! Thank you for sharing it. I’m so glad you have been encouraged by these blogs. The Lord has used your kind words to literally build up my spirit.

    And, yes, I have been memorizing several other Bible books. I always love working on a new project! Please join me in prayer for a full release of funds needed to compose and record original scores for these books, especially Hebrews.

    The Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you!


  3. Linda

    Thank you, Karen. You are definitely a bright light in this darkened world! Speaking the Truth of God’s Eternal Powerful Word! I and many others are thankful you have and are using the gifts God has given you. I think everyone that has entered our home has heard Revelation and Jonah! We will join you in prayer and financially to help in the full release of funds needed to compose and record and RELEASE THE WORD OF GOD through you! Jesus is our Geat High Priest, as Hebrews proclaims, faith in Him is our assurance of the Precious Salvation He provided on the Cross and in His resurrection! WOW! What a wonderful Savior we have! May all the world hear the Truth and many trust in Christ through the hearing of His word.

    May you be abundantly blessed with every good and perfect gift from our Heavenly Father.
    Peace be upon you and your house!

    Secure in Christ

    • Thank you, Linda, for your kind words and faithful prayers! I am a most grateful recipient of the blessings you’ve proclaimed. According to Ephesians 3:20, may the Lord do even more than what we ask or imagine!

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