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Fool – Pull Up A Chair


Prov. 10:21 “The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.”

Ahhh, the lips of the righteous feed many. What a beautiful picture that is indeed. I think of kind words, encouraging words, exhorting words, comforting words, wise words, words that teach, words that preach, and uplifting words. There are so many ways we can feed another person.

But the fool does not have these words to feed. In fact, the fool is dying to have wisdom. Noah Webster has interesting definitions for the word fool.

3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness.

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psa 14.

4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief.

O fools, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have written. Luke 24.

So the fool does not necessarily have to be an unbeliever but can be a weak christian as well.

Haven’t you ever heard an unbeliever or a weak christian make a comment over a situation that just seemed void of wisdom? I think of new believers who come into our churches and have not grown in the Lord yet. Older christians make unwise comments about the way they dress or look or smell or whatever. The new believer is offended and never steps foot in that church again. How sad that the lips of the righteous were not the first words that new believer heard in that church. That new believer could have been feeding that babe in Christ. Instead, the fool spewed forth words which showed his foolishness. How sad is that?

As christians, we are encouraged to ask God for wisdom and He promises to give it to us liberally, nor will He reprove us for asking Him for it. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (Jam 1:5)

How are your words today? Do they feed those around you or do you show your lack of wisdom? Are you the type of person that people come to for counsel? Or do you keep going to others for counsel? God promises to give you wisdom if you ask. There are 54 occurences in 53 verses of the word wisdom in the Bible. It is an excellent study. The person who is wise is gentle and longsuffering with others, knowing that everyone must grow in grace.

Fruit of the Spirit:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Longsuffering
  5. Gentleness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faith
  8. Meekness
  9. Temperance

Fruit of the Fool:

  1. Hate
  2. Sadness
  3. Turmoil
  4. Impatient
  5. Harshness
  6. Badness
  7. Disbelief
  8. Assertiveness
  9. Over indulgent

The wise person displays these fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). The fool displays fruit, but a totally different kind. This kind of fruit would cause anyone to die!

Dear Lord, for wisdom we do pray
So our words are used to feed
Those needing to see Your love
And to Your side we need to lead

afraid-to-speak-upProv.17:28, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

There are not too many verses in Scriptures which say that the fool can actually do something “right”! This is one verse that says even a fool can do something right – and it has to do with keeping his mouth shut! Even the “spiritual” christian struggles with holding his tongue.

The Book of James has four verses dedicated to man holding his tongue:

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. (Jam 1:26)Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (Jam 3:5)

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (Jam 3:6)

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (Jam 3:8)


I know that we have all heard the verses on holding one’s tongue. We have also heard many messages on the same topic. But if the fool can be counted wise when he holds his tongue, how much more the believer? What testimony do we have if we witness to someone and that same person hears gossip or cursing coming out of the same mouth that witnessed to him?

The believer has the ability to conquer the tongue. We have the Holy Spirit residing within us. It is His fruit that we display. If we would be displaying His fruit, we would not have the need to be bridling our tongue.

The believer who has fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance would not be struggling with his tongue. The believer would not be struggling with blessing God in one breath and then cursing someone in the next breath. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (Jam 3:10)

Do not be a wise fool but we a wise christian who displays the fruit of the Spirit. It is accounted unto this fool that he is wise for holding his tongue. All the more responsibility do we have as believers to hold our own tongues.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Col 3:16)

Dear God…
May my words be a blessing to those
Who are filled with dismay and strife
Let my words encourage the weak
And lead them to the Fountain of Life

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Prov. 12:15-16 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.”

Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s my way or the highway!”? The fool sees his way as the only way. He does not and will not listen to reason or the possibility that he may be wrong. This fool sees all conflict in his life with a distorted view. It couldn’t possibly be something the fool has done wrong. In fact, this person truly believes that it is someone else’s fault. It is sad that one gets to the point that he cannot be taught of God. His heart has hardened to the point where the Holy Spirit cannot pierce it. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (Joh 14:26)

A foolish person does not need a request to speak his mind because he speaks it quickly and loudly. You hear much more than their two cents’ worth! Solomon says in verse 16 that the fool’s wrath is presently known. This person does not take time to think about what he is going to say. He does not weigh the consequences that his words will have on his life. Instead, he speaks now! Speaking too hastily is like a tube of toothpaste. Once you squeeze it and the toothpaste comes out, there’s no way to put it back in. The words out of a fool’s mouth are quick and it’s too late to do damage control as the damage has been done. The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. (Ecc 9:17)

I love Solomon’s style of writing. He gives you the consequences which come as a result of the bad and the good. The wise person listens to counsel, whether from parents, a godly friend or the Pastor. The prudent man keeps himself from blowing his temper and losing his testimony. He guards his mouth carefully. The believer’s testimony speaks the loudest about how he walks with the Lord. He can blab all he wants, but his actions will reflect whose fruit he is displaying – the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the world (the devil’s fruit). The Word says that temperance (self control) is one of the Spirit’s fruit according (Gal. 5:22-23). The more a Christian is in the Word and applying it to his life, the more he will exercise that muscle of self control. It does not come over night – it comes with much practice. The world thinks that it’s good for you to speak your mind. However, the Lord thinks differently. You can be sure that if the world thinks that speaking your mind is right, then God will say differently. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isa 55:8)

Dear God…
May I guard my every step
Heeding Your Word in all I do
May each of my actions bring praise
Honor and glory to You

K. A fool does not regard correction.

~Proverbs 7:22-23 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; (22) Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. (23)

~Proverbs 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Remember the fool despises his parents, he hates instruction and knowledge.

One of the vehicles used to teach instruction, and present knowledge is correction.

So the fool despises being corrected.

The story is this: there is a married woman, whose husband is away on a trip. So the wife dresses in the clothes of a harlot, goes to the street corner to do wicked business. The young man foolishly walks by and she convinces him to commit sin.

The Bible says he “goeth after her straightway”, meaning he went after her (made his decision) suddenly, or impulsively. He did not think through the answer, seek counsel, he foolishly made his decision to commit sin with her.

The fool only looked at the pleasure for the present; he did not look at how it would effect his future. He blindly, unawares followed her into sin.

King Solomon then describes to Reheboam an ox going to slaughter.

That ox has no clue where he is headed. He just follows the bucket of food they put in front of him and he follows it right to the slaughter house!

Those are both stories of a fool going to the stocks, or to the place of correction. He is blind to why he is going; he is unaware of his sin being the cause.

“Do you know why you are in trouble, and in detention?”

“No, I did not do anything wrong.”

“It is not my fault, somebody else is to blame.”

Remember the fool is deceitful, he lies to himself, deceiving himself and convincing himself that he could not possible do wrong!

So it continues until he is entrapped and it takes his life.

Fool’s Story: Seven or eight years ago, some guys worked at Boeing, they stole a raft for a 747. They were smart enough to sneak it out of the plant. They took it to a river to have some weekend fun and they pulled the string to inflate it, and started to float down the river.

They were shocked when a Coast Guard helicopter came hovering over them. When they pulled the string it activated a homing device signaling a need for help.

They no longer work at Boeing and they qualify to wear an “I am a fool” sign!

REVIEW: So we have learned the description of a fool.

I taught a fool is clamorous (carnal, sensual, and quarrelsome).

I taught a fool is deceitful. Deceiving himself and others.

I taught a fool is proud. He has no need for trusting in God.

I taught a fool has “wandering eyes”, or an unsettled mind.

I taught a fool trusts his own heart, which is unscriptural.

As I described the fool, I said it might be best if a fool wore a sign that lets everybody know he is a fool!

III. Instructions and warnings concerning fools.

King Solomon had not always lived as a wise man; he spent part of his life being foolish. He could use that experience to teach Reheboam.

So he instructed Reheboam and he warns Reheboam concerning fools, foolishness and folly.

A. The fool and his mouth.

~Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

~Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

One of the greatest tools used by a fool is his mouth.

One of the easiest ways to detect a fool is his mouth.

A man looks foolish when he speaks out of turn, before he fully understands a matter.

It is foolish/unjust to give judgment in a matter before you fully hear the case.

It is likewise foolish to interrupt a conversation. This can be combined with meddling in business that is not yours.

It can also be understood the reason the person interrupts is he thinks what he has to say is more important than what you have to say.

~Proverbs 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Only a word in anger, But it wounded one sensitive heart;

Only a word of sharp reproach, But it made the teardrops start;

Only a hasty, thoughtless word, Sarcastic and unkind;

But it darkened the day before so bright and left a string behind.

Not all people who speak hastily are fools, but they sure leave themselves open to looking like one!

“PERVERSE IN HIS LIPS” means crooked in his thoughts.

This is the fella who conceives dishonest plans to prosper.
So the poor man who is honest is better than this crooked/dishonest thinker and the fool.

~Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Though the fool sees himself knowledgeable and smart and wise, he is not and when he speaks he reveals the folly of his foolishness.

Notice it is referring to speaking at the gate.

There was a time in Old Testament days when the leaders and the wise men would sit at the city gate to lead the people. Job and David did this.

But a fool is not to sit (and would not be allowed) at the city gate counseling others.

It is instruction and a warning to Reheboam and you and me not to allow fool to be in office leading us.

If we let the fool run for office, and we elect the fool, then we will get what we deserve!

So, a fool is not to speak at the city gate!

~Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Abe Lincoln said,

“I would rather keep my mouth shut and let folk think I am a fool, than to open it and reveal that I am a fool.”

This is one time when a fool can be perceived wise, when he keeps his mouth shut!

“As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have least wisdom are the greatest babblers.” – Plato.

ILLUSTRATION: When Thomas Aquinas was in school he was called the “Dumb OX” by the other students. One day a teacher of his discovered that Thomas was actually a genius and the teacher told the students if that “Dumb OX” ever “bellows the world will be filled with its noise”. Thomas became St. Thomas Aquinas and he was later called the “Angel of the Schools”.

Even a quiet fool can be considered understanding and wisdom.

B. Avoid the foolish man!

~Proverbs 14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

~Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

~Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

King Solomon made it very clear, in his teaching to Reheboam, “When you recognize that a person lacks knowledge, and he is a fool, leave!”

If you see a man who refuses to be instructed, avoid him!

A man who refuses to be instructed will be foolish, foolishness is sin, and he will end up being evil (sin that is hurtful) and Apostle Paul said to avoid all appearances of evil. Avoid the foolish man!

Why corrupt our own springs with the pollution of the foolish?

Why avoid the foolish? His folly will be hurtful, it is dangerous!

In Hosea 13, it tells the story of the man who sees a bear in the street and he runs from the bear, only to be met by a lion, he runs from the lion, enters the house and leans up against the wall to catch his breath.

As he leans against the wall, he is bit and poisoned by a serpent.

King Solomon is teaching Reheboam it would be better to have been caught and devoured by the bear than to be caught by a fool in his folly.

The big brown Syrian bear, when enraged was considered the fiercest in Israel. You could tame the fierce, big, brown Syrian bear, but not a fool in his folly!

King Solomon even taught Reheboam who to walk with.

Be a companion of wise men!

Wise men are knowledgeable, wise men are righteous, wise men are soul winners, walk with wise men!

We will notice later that a fool is destroyed, but, it says in this verse that the companion of the fool is destroyed too!

If the big, brown, Syrian bear is fierce and feared, then how much more so when you have stolen her cubs!

We should fear a fool in his folly even more!

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H. The fool does not honor his parents.

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. ~Proverbs 10:1

He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. ~Proverbs 17:21

The word “fool” here has the same meaning as before but with an addition ~ to fall away, despise, disgrace, dishonor, lightly esteem, fade and come to nothing.

It is speaking of a child (could be of an adult age) that falls away from proper instruction and knowledge; he despises the knowledge, disgraces and dishonors his parents, his name, his reputation.

He lightly esteems the ways of God, the teaching of his parents and he will finally fade into oblivion and come to nothing which will bring grief, shame and dishonor to his parents.

He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. ~Proverbs 5:23

How many parents have died prematurely due to the foolish behavior of their children!?!

May we not bring our parents down to an early grave due to our foolish living!

By the way, remember one of the Ten Commandments is “Honor thy parents, that thy days may be long”

That is the first commandment with promise.

If you want to die early, dishonor your parents!

If you want to honor your parents, be a child of knowledge and wisdom!

I. Fools are soon angered and exalt folly.

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. ~Proverbs 14:17

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. ~Proverbs 14:29

I taught earlier that the fool is clamorous; one of the descriptions of being clamorous is being controlled by one’s emotions.

A fool is too often controlled by his quick temper/anger.

A fool is hurried by his passions.

It is this behavior that makes us look foolish, and promotes folly and rewards us with a sign that reads “I am a fool”!

How many times have we blown up in anger, only later to realize how foolish we were, and how foolish we looked and how we exalted folly!

Too many times we “fly off the handle” only to realize later that it was not the person who angered us that looked fl, but it was our reacting that looked foolish!

J. A fool does mock sin and does not leave sin.

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. ~Proverbs 14:9

Remember that a fool says “NO GOD”!

To make light of sin, is to make light of Christ.

Realize the fool laughs at sin, and at your sin and encourages you to join him in sin (see PROVERBS 1) for foolish/folly is a sport/hobby and joy to the fool.

The foolish Christian says, “It is not that bad”, “what is wrong with it?” and the foolish Christian look’s for ways to live as close to sin without being guilty as he can.

The wise Christian avoids even the appearance of evil.

The wise Christian considers all sin a rattlesnake and he works and strives to stay far, far away from the sin!

The fool mocks sin, laughs at it.

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. ~Proverbs 13:19

Fools hate the idea of leaving their hurtful sin. (lying, deceit, pride, striking others down with their mouth.)

Here is the scenario of this verse: 2 sick people go to the doctor; each with the same illness. The doctor gives both the same prescription, avoid alcohol. The one follows the instructions completely and has better health, joy and years to live thereafter. The other continues to drink alcohol, hates the prescription, but has no sweet results of the desire accomplished.

The fool mocks at sin, laughs at sin, encourages others to sin and he has no desire to leave his sin and he fails to enjoy the sweet results of accomplishment.

Guest Poster: Pastor Don Moore

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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!


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.”


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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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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