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 fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. (12:15)
- The wise in heart accepts commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. (10:8)
- Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions. (18:2)
- Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. (13:20)
- Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. (29:11)
- As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their 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.