May 3, 2015

Wise Words About Foolishness – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,

But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

Most of us think “ethnic” jokes are funny. Have you ever thought about why? Could it be that our own self-satisfied pride enjoys pointing out the foolishness of others? There may also be a positive element, illustrating examples of conduct we should avoid.

The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about foolish people, with a view to teaching wisdom. About ten different Hebrew words are used in this book that translate as “fools,” “foolishness,” etc., and such words occur almost 100 times in that one book. It is interesting that the wisest man who ever lived had more to say about fools than did anyone else. Perhaps we get insight into why when we realize he used the words “wise,” “wisdom,” etc., at least 125 times.

We began with a verse that speaks of both a wise man and a fool, contrasting the self-satisfied fool with the humble wise man who listens to the advice of others. Such contrasts are abundant in Solomon’s proverbs. Consider a few examples of wise words about foolishness.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)

“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge? “ (Proverbs 1:22)

The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.” (Proverbs 3:35)

“O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.” (Proverbs 8:5)

The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.” (Proverbs 10:8)

“He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)

“The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.” (Proverbs 10:21)

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (13:20 )

A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 14:6-7)

“Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.” (Proverbs 14:9)

A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” (Proverbs 14:16)

Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;” (Proverbs 17:28)

A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.” (Proverbs 18:2)

“Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.” (Proverbs 20:3)

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12)

“A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.” (Proverbs 27:3)

“Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.” (Proverbs 27:22)

“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)

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