Who’s the Fool?

Bill Brinkworth

There is a lot of foolishness in this world; much of it 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:

“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

 “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, …” Mat. 7:26  Also: Prov. 28:26,  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

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God ….” Ps. 14:1    Also: Ps. 53:1

“… 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: …” Prov. 10:23

“… but every fool will be meddling.” Prov. 20:3

“A fool uttereth all his mind: …” 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.


This lesson was featured in The Bible View #480.

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