Today’s topic? Wisdom’s polar opposite: Foolishness.
Proverbs has a lot to say about this subject. The word “fool” appears a whopping 73 times.
Here are just a few:
- The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. (12:15)
- The wise in his heart accepts commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. (10:8)
- A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions. (18:2)
- Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. (13:20)
- A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. (29:11)
- As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. (26:11)
- Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly. (17:12)
Want to face ruin and the spiritual equivalent of wallowing in vomit and/or getting mauled by an angry bear? It’s easy, just: (1) follow your own path, (2) ignore God’s commands, (3) talk more than you listen, (4) hang out with fools, (5) spew out anger and (6) do dumb things over and over and over and over and over.