C. The fool is proud

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. ~Proverbs 14:3

The word means perverse, silly. “Ev-eel”.

This may be the easiest way to detect a fool, by his pride!

Pride is the root of all foolishness/sin; it is the root of selfishness.

Pride is a “rod of speech” with which the fool strikes down others, many times to build himself up, sometimes to show off his intelligence, and oft’ times just because he is foolish.
Often times this is done with an arrogant, or a condescending tone of voice and attitude.

Many people are so self-absorbed/consumed with their own education/intelligence that they belittle anybody who has a different belief, idea, or opinion ~ That Is Pride!

Bishop Taylor wrote:

“Remember what thou wert before thy birth – nothing; what thou wert for many years after, – weakness; what in all thy life, – a great sinner; what in all thy excellences, – a mere debtor to God, to thy parents, to the earth, to the creatures. Upon these or like meditations, if we dwell, and frequently retire to them, we shall see nothing more reasonable than to be humble, and nothing more foolish than to be proud.”

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. ~Proverbs 18:2

You can recognize a fool, for he does not care to understand you, or understand how to resolve your problems (he does not, for he already has the answer).

He is only interested in his own ideas.

He likes talking about himself. It is just another form of egotism.

His greatest sin is not understanding that he is a sinner.

His response is

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God… ~Psalm 14:1a

The fool is pictured by the New Testament Pharisee who went to the altar and said,

“I am glad, O God; that I am not as this Publican. For I have given my tithe, come to church daily, I am a good man!”

Jesus said that Pharisee is a fool for he deceives himself and he is proud of what he thinks he is!

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. ~Proverbs 14:12

So far, we have learned that a fool is clamorous, deceived, and deceitful, and very proud of himself.

D. The fool has “wandering eyes”

Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. ~Proverbs 17:24

A fool has a wandering gaze, an “unsettled mind”.

He has no focus on faith, knowledge, understanding, or wisdom.

The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness:… ~Ecclesiastes 2:14a

The Bible says

Be still and know that I am God.

The fool has difficulty stopping, and being still long enough to focus on God, for his focus is on himself!

Story:

A party of preachers were in conversation one day, they were each talking of their success in preaching. One of them said, “Gentlemen, I once converted a man with my eyes.”

He explained, “A straggler once entered my church, and, casting his looks toward me, he thought I was staring him in the face.

To avoid my observation, he went from door to door, but kept thinking I was staring at him. He decided he would stare at me, causing me to lose my composure. His attention then was focused on what I said and his sentiments and conduct from that day underwent a complete change.”

E. A fool trusts his own heart, he trusts himself

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

People often advise others to “go with their heart,” that is foolish! It is unscriptural; it is ungodly!

Again, that is what Psalm 14:1a is saying,

I trust my own heart, I do not need to trust Christ.

Jeremiah 17:7-10

Notice a couple of things from this passage:

1. Notice what our heart is: deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked! It is not to be trusted!

2. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord. ~Jeremiah 17:7a

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. ~Proverbs 3:5

Notice the contrast in the wise man and the foolish man.

The wise man realizes what he is, he does not deceive himself.

The wise man knows he is a sinner and in need of Christ.

The foolish man deceives himself into thinking he is good and “There are none good, no not one!”

So a fool is one who deceives himself into thinking he is good and he is proud of his goodness (though it really does not exist),

So he thinks he has no reason to listen and understand the words of God and the fool will lie about those he hates.

Someone said,

“None but a fool is always right.”

Story:

Alphonsus, King of Castile studied astronomy and found what he thought was an irregularity. He said,

“If I had been alive when the Maker of the world was at work, I could have given Him some good advice.”

Put an “I am a fool” sign on him!

Stupid Story:

A man wanted to rob a bank in downtown San Francisco, a Bank of America branch. He walked in, used a deposit slip to say “this is a stickup. Put all your money into this bag.” The man became worried that someone saw him write out his bank holdup note. So, he left the line, and went across the street to the Wells Fargo Bank. He waited in line there and when he finally reached the teller’s window, he handed her the misspelled holdup note. The teller looked at the misspellings and realized he was not “the sharpest knife in the drawer” and told him he had to either fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip, or go back to the Bank of America.

Looking defeated, he went back to the Bank of America. While standing in line there he was arrested.

Put the sign on this fella! But, do not let him spell the words!

The word “foolish” generally means stupid/silly/wicked/perverse.

Though all of us are foolish at times and we do foolish thing at times, we do not have to be a fool!

There are some things a fool does, and does not do.

~Pastor Don Moore~

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2 Comments

  1. Mrs Kate Good to see you are back to posting enjoyed the new thoughts on this subject look forward to more.

    Bro Tim

  2. It’s good to be back! Vacations are fun but I always like to get back to my routine 🙂 Pastor Moore was inspired with a great study in this one on Proverbs!

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