Who’s the fool?

There is a lot of foolishness in this world; much of Foolit is socially acceptable and counted as “normal”.  It is found in the classroom, in our own lives, in our own homes, in the decisions and actions of political figures, and on the job. The world may consider a thought, action, or reason for doing something as popular, and it may even seem right in their eyes; but when lined up against God’s wisdom found in His Word, many philosophies and behaviors are downright foolishness.

What we may deem foolishness, may be just our opinion or preference.  Here is a partial word study of who the Bible identifies as being a fool:

“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Prov. 14:1

“In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.” Prov. 14:3

“A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.” Prov. 15:20

“A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.” Prov. 17:25   Also: Prov. 19:13

“A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.” Prov. 15:5

“Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.“ Eccl. 4:13

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Prov. 12:15   Also: Prov. 14:16, Prov.17:10, Prov. 18:2.

“The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.” Eccl. 4:5

“The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.” Eccl. 10:15

 “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:” Mat. 7:26  
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” Prov. 28:26
   Also: Prov. 17:16, Prov. 23:9.

“They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:” Mat. 25:3

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Rom. 1:21

“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.” II Tim. 2:23   Also: Tit. 3:9.

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Ps. 14:1    Also: Ps. 53:1

“Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.” Prov. 13:16  

“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” Prov. 26:11  

“The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.” Prov. 10:8    Also: Prov. 10:10, Eccl. 10:12, 14

“It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.” Prov. 10:23

“It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.” Prov. 20:3

“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” Prov. 29:11   Also: Prov. 17:7.

“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” Prov. 28:26

After seeing what God defines as foolishness, we may have to re-evaluate what we are doing and thinking, and be careful of others actions and decisions.  Unwise, foolish actions and behaviors always hurt people. 

Be wise, read the Word of God, believe it, and live as it commands. God’s wisdom often is far different than what is believed and practiced by the world; but if followed, it will always be the right advice to lead you through life.

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