Fools and Their Folly

This is a subsidiary post of Against Wisdom.

Mark 7:21, 22, 23 – “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

Romans 2:20 – “a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature…”

Ephesians 5:17  –  “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

1 Timothy 6:9  –  “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires…”

2 Timothy 2:23  –  “But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations…”

Titus 3:3 – “For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.”

James 2:20  –  “But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow…”

1 Peter 2:15  –  “For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.”  –  Foolishness (folly) makes a lot of noise; by contrast, wisdom is quiet.


Psalm 85:8  –  “I will hear what God the LORD will say; for He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; but let them not turn back to folly.”

Proverbs 1:7  –  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 14:9 – “Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.”

Proverbs 15:5 – “A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible.”  –  Relate this verse to Hebrews 12:1-17 and its focus on a father’s discipline.

Proverbs 18:2  –  “A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.”

Proverbs 20:3  –  “Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, but any fool will quarrel.”

Proverbs 27:22  –  “Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.”
Proverbs 27:22 ESV  –  “Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.

Ecclesiastes 4:13  –  “A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.”

Ecclesiastes 5:1-3  –  “Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.  Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.  For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.”

Ecclesiastes 9:17  –  “The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.”

Ecclesiastes 10:12-15  –  “Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him; the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.  Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?  The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.”  –  This last sentence implies a state of confusion.

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