Are you Worse than a Fool


The Proverbs mercilessly expose and attack fools.

Top 10 marks of a fools:

  1. Hate knowledge.
  2. Repeat their mistakes like dogs eat their own vomit. Fools don’t learn from experience.
  3. Come to ruin.
  4. Slander.
  5. Blab on and on.
  6. Run headlong into trouble.
  7. Reject advice.
  8. Love sharing their opinion.
  9. Instigate arguments.
  10. Make light of hurting others.

Two things worse than being a fool:

If being a fool isn’t bad enough, two qualities put us in a category more reviled than fool.

Know it all’s:

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

Prov. 26:12 reminds me of a quote from Edward DeBono. “Those who think they know, don’t.”

Every negative quality about a fool seems to stem from being wise in your own eyes.

Of all the know it all’s I know, educated, closed-minded believers are the worst. I confess. I am one. I often carry the burden of knowledge.

The first quality of wise people is they seek wisdom. Knowledge, certainty, and lack of curiosity destroy us. But, wise people know they don’t know.

Blabber mouths:

Proverbs 29:20 (ESV) Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Prov. 29:20 directly connects to, “those who are wise in their own eyes.” Who is hasty with their words? People who are deluded about their own wisdom.

Three suggestions:

  1. Say, “What if I’m wrong?” (Even if you think you’re right)
  2. Invite, explore, and implement wise counsel.
  3. Stop talking so much, unless you’re talking to ask questions.

Wisdom is behavioral not intellectual. We behave our way into foolishness or wisdom.

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2 Comments on “Are you Worse than a Fool”

  1. Marc Says:

    Wisdom at its essence is “The fear (respectful awe) of the Lord”, i.e. knowing He is holy, almighty, and just, we are sinners, depraved, and lost, but in His grace He paid the price of our justly merited hell through the death of His only begotten Son.
    Wisdom sees that this life is the only one in which an eternal existence can be oriented towards heaven or hell, both for us and those around us. The fool was the rich man who thought only of his barns and crops, while ignoring his own soul.
    Foolishness has many facets, as you point out. However, all of what is commonly thought of as wisdom is but a sham if it doesn’t reflect the fear of the Lord.
    One can be wise without being very smart – in fact Paul stated that not many of the ones the world considers wise really are, as God has chosen what the world calls foolishness to cofound its wise. One can be smart without being very wise. There are a lot of intelligent, self-centered people.

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