Pastor Don Moore has allowed me this awesome opportunity to post his Bible studies on my blog as a guest. I hope you enjoy his study as much as I did! It is quite long so I will post it in several parts.

This is a Bible study that I taught over several weeks time, so it is going to be long here. This is just one chapter in a series on PROVERBS which I presented to the church I was pastoring in the early 2000’s.

I trust it will be beneficial in your life!

Brother Moore


All of us have done foolish things, and all of us have known people who are fools.

Apart from wisdom, there is probably no subject discussed more in the Proverbs than the subject of fools.

Now, for almost every occasion in the Proverbs, the words fools, foolishness, and folly all have one thing in common – the word means “stupid“.

Dr. John R. Rice said,

“A fool may be intelligent, but he is also arrogant and of a stubborn mind.”

Just because somebody possesses knowledge, that is not a guarantee that he is wise.

I have a friend that sends me email articles of people who should be given a sign to wear – a sign that says “I am stupid.”

Fool Story:

A fella from Arkansas wanted some beer real bad. So he took a cement block and threw it at the window of a liquor store. The block bounced back, hit the man in the head and knocked him out. The window was made of plexiglas and it was all caught on video tape.

Give the man his sign! He is a fool!

Another thing about foolishness is that it is sin! Wicked, vile!

As we go through the verses, I will give examples of each of the definitions, but all the words combined teach us that a fool, foolishness, and folly is somebody who is perverse ~ they change good into bad ~


Grain is good, beer is bad; grapes are good, wine is bad.

The words generally mean silly, to despise, disgrace, dishonor, to lightly esteem, to fall away, or come to naught.

There is the story about David and Abigail in the Bible. Abigail was married to a man, his name is Nabal. Abigail asked David, “Did not my husband behave as his name defines/describes him?”

One of the Hebrew words for fool; is nabal. He wore a sign!

So fool, foolishness, folly means stupid, silly, and is sin. Perversion!

As we look at these verses, we will place them in one of four groups.

Description of a Fool.

Displaying Foolishness, and Folly.

Warnings, and Instruction concerning fools, foolishness, and folly.

What to do with a Fool.


A. She is clamorous

A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. ~Proverbs 9:13

The word here means stupid, or silly. “A foolish woman is clamorous:”

In chapters 8 and 9, we have wisdom personified as a female; that is also true here with foolishness.

This foolish woman is a picture of carnality (worldliness), sensuality and she is quarrelsome.

So this foolish woman is worldly, controlled by her emotion, she is quarrelsome.

When Mrs. Job suggested that Job die, he said, “You are speaking as one of the foolish women speaks.”

B. A fool is deceitful

He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander is a fool. ~Proverbs 10:18

A man who will lie to hide hatred; and a man who will slander another is a fool.

He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him. ~Proverbs 26:24

This fella is foolish for a couple of reasons:

1. He lays up deceit. He listens to deceit, then allows deceit to reside in his mind, and then lodge in his heart.

2. Then he begins to dissemble the one he hates.

Psalms 15:1-3; Psalm 101:5 “Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that hath a high look and proud heart will I not suffer.”

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the follow of fools is deceit. ~Proverbs 14:8

A fool lays up deceit. He deceives himself and others.

What this fool is doing is cheating himself and others.

It is like the child who does not study for the test, but convinces (deceives) himself he knows the material. When the test does come, and the test of life comes, he finds that he has cheated himself and has failed!

The phrase “know thyself” is a good lesson for us!

We should know what we are: a sinner, a dust ball (we were created from dirt.)

We should know our capabilities and work to improve them.

We should know our limitations and not be deceived.

We should know that we can do all things through Christ.

But the fool deceives himself in ignoring what he is and is not and convinces himself that he is what he is not.

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