7 Things the Bible Says about Fools

Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom, and it also has a lot to say about foolishness. See if anything on this list surprises you:

  1. A fool starts fights. (Proverbs 18:6)
  2. A fool is easily upset. (Proverbs 12:16)
  3. A fool believes everything he reads. (Proverbs 14:15)
  4. A fool loves to talk, but hates to listen. (Proverbs 18:2)
  5. A fool is fiercely independent. (Proverbs 28:26)
  6. A fool makes light of sin. (Proverbs 10:23)
  7. A fool hates their mama. (Proverbs 15:20)

I can always tell a fool, unless they’re hiding inside me. (Click to tweet) But Scripture—especially Proverbs—has a way of forcing me to confront uncomfortable truths. That’s why James said Scripture is like a mirror (James 1:22–25).


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  1. says

    Lately, I've been praying for and studying what Godly wisdom is. After my morning devotions and a little exercise using our Bible study software, this article caught my attention. Whoa! I am looking in that mirror and don't always like what I see. #humbled

  2. says

    Cathy, I can think of times in my life when I have sinned in all those areas to some degree. (Of course, I will minimize my sin and say it isn't soooo bad.) Hopefully, I have grown as a Christian but It helps to remember my tendencies and try to subject them to Him. Thank you for seeing the best in me. We enjoyed getting to spend some time with you, too. You are missed on a regular basis. Special thoughts and prayers come to mind when running errands in Warrenton and passing places with memories we share.

  3. Anonymous says

    Dear Brother Gail – I thank God for your desire to study for and seek Godly Wisdom. The key to this is FEAR OF GOD.
    Jesus taught the fear of God. His only teaching was: fear God because He has power to cast into hell Mt 10:28, Lk 12:5.
    As one gets to know God and to love Him for what He is, fear becomes ‘dread of doing anything that will cause Him pain’.
    Fear and love go together Dt 10:12; fear and worship go together 2 Kings 17:36, Ps 5:7.
    The foundation for the fear of God is laid by taking all of the word of God at face value—saying ‘Yes’ to all His word.

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