fool, foolishness, folly

fool, foolishness, folly

Terms referring to the lack of wisdom. In general, a fool in the Bible is a person who lives life as if God and God’s will were of no consequence: “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God’” (Ps 14:1; Ps 53:1; Prov 1:7). Fools can be recognized by various characteristics: lack of intelligence or experience, sometimes without being aware of it (Prov 12:15; Eccl 5:1; Luke 12:20); an inability to be cautious in speech (Prov 18:6-7); or pursuing courses of conduct or action that ultimately prove to be harmful (2Sam 24:10). In Matt 5:22, however, Jesus warns that anyone who calls a brother or sister a “fool” is in danger of eternal punishment.

Ps 14:1

Denunciation of Godlessness
To the leader. Of David.
1Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is no one ... View more

Ps 53:1

Denunciation of Godlessness
To the leader: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.
1Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they commi ... View more

Prov 1:7

7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov 12:15

15Fools think their own way is right,
but the wise listen to advice.

Eccl 5:1

Reverence, Humility, and Contentment
1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; f ... View more

Luke 12:20

20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

Prov 18:6-7

6A fool's lips bring strife,
and a fool's mouth invites a flogging.7The mouths of fools are their ruin,
and their lips a snare to themselves.

2Sam 24:10

Judgment on David's Sin
10But afterward, David was stricken to the heart because he had numbered the people. David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in w ... View more

Matt 5:22

22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to ... View more

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