About Fools


Psalm 53:1
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.


Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools [The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote one who is morally deficient.] despise wisdom and discipline.


Proverbs 5:22-23

22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him;

    the cords of his sin hold him fast.

    23 He will die for lack of discipline,

    led astray by his own great folly.


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


Proverbs 10:17
He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.


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


Proverbs 12:1

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

    but he who hates correction is stupid.


Proverbs 12:14-16

14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things

    as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.


    15 The way of a fool seems right to him,

    but a wise man listens to advice.


    16 A fool shows his annoyance at once,

    but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

Proverbs 13:16
Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.

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


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


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


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


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


Proverbs 15:21
Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.


Proverbs 16:22
Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.


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


Proverbs 18:1-3

1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends;

    he defies all sound judgment.


    2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding

    but delights in airing his own opinions.


    3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,

    and with shame comes disgrace.

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

Proverbs 19:1-3

1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless

    than a fool whose lips are perverse.


    2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge,

    nor to be hasty and miss the way.


    3 A man's own folly ruins his life,

    yet his heart rages against the LORD .


Proverbs 26:6-8

6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence

    is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.


    7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp

    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.


    8 Like tying a stone in a sling

    is the giving of honor to a fool.


Proverbs 26:10-12

10 Like an archer who wounds at random

    is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.


    11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

    so a fool repeats his folly.


    12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

    There is more hope for a fool than for him.

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

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

Ecclesiastes 10:3

3 Even as he walks along the road,

    the fool lacks sense

    and shows everyone how stupid he is.


Ecclesiastes 10:12
Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.


Isaiah 32:6
For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil: He practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the LORD ; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water.


Mark 7:21-23

21For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’


James 1:2-8

   2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a doubleminded man, unstable in all he does.