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.
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.
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.
Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates correction is stupid.
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.
Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
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.
He who answers before listening- that is his folly and his shame.
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 .
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.
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.
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
3 Even as he walks along the road,
the fool lacks sense
and shows everyone how stupid he is.
Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.
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.
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.’
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.