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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Solomon Pities the Fool

Today is April Fools Day so I want to look at what Solomon (mostly Solomon at least) had to say about fools.

"A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son grief to his mother." Proverbs 10:1

"The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin." Proverbs 10:8

"He who winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin." Proverbs 10:10

"Wise men store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin." Proverbs 10:14

"The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgement." Proverbs 10:21

"A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
but a man of understanding delights in wisdom." Proverbs 10:23

"He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise." Proverbs 11:29

"The way of a fool seems right to him,
but a wise man listens to advice." Proverbs 12:15

"A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent man overlooks an insult." Proverbs 12:16

"A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,
but the heart of fools blurts out folly." Proverbs 12:23

"A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil" Proverbs 13:19

"He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20

"A fool's talk brings a rod to his back,
but the lips of the wise protect them." Proverbs 14:3

"Stay away from a foolish man,
for you will not find knowledge on his lips." Proverbs 14:7

"The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
but the folly of fools is deception." Proverbs 14:8

Fools mock at making amends for sin,
but goodwill is found among the upright." Proverbs 14:9

"A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil,
but a fool is hotheaded and reckless." Proverbs 14:16

"A quick-tempered man does foolish things,
and a crafty man is hated." Proverbs 14:17

"The wealth of the wise is their crown,
but the folly of fools yields folly." Proverbs 14:24

"The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly." Proverbs 15:2

"A fool spurns his father's discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence." Proverbs 15:5

"The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools." Proverbs 15:7

"The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly." Proverbs 15:14

"A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother." Proverbs 15:20

"Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!" Proverbs 17:7

"A rebuke impresses a man of discernment
more than a hundred lashes a fool." Proverbs 17:10

"Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his folly." Proverbs 17:12

"Of what use is money in the hand of a fool,
since he has no desire to get wisdom?" Proverbs 17:16

"too have a fool for a son brings grief;
there is no joy for the father of a fool." Proverbs 17:21

"A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth." Proverbs 17:24

"A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the one who bore him." Proverbs 17:25

"Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue." Proverbs 17:28

"A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions." Proverbs 18:2

"A fool's mouth is his undoing,
and his lips are a snare to his soul." Proverbs 18:7

"He who answers before listening
that is his folly and his shame." Proverbs 18:13

"Better a poor man whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse." Proverbs 19:1

"A man's own folly ruins his life,
yet his heart rages against the LORD." Proverbs 19:3

"It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury
how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!" Proverbs 19:10

"A foolish son is his father's ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping." Proverbs 19:13

"Do not speak to a fool,
for he will scorn the wisdom of your words." Proverbs 23:9

"Like snow is summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool." Proverbs 26:1

"A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!" Proverbs 26:3

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself." Proverbs 26:4

"Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes." Proverbs 26:5

"As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly." Proverbs 26:11

"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him." Proverbs 26:12

"Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding him like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove his folly from him." Proverbs 27:22

"He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe." Proverbs 28:26

"If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace." Proverbs 29:9

"A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control." Proverbs 29:11

On this April Fools Day don't be a fool.  Choose wisdom today.

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