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1 Lesson 14 : The Fool And His Folly
The Book Of Proverbs Lesson 14 : The Fool And His Folly

2 Learning From Opposites
A good way to learn about something is to study its opposite. To understand happiness, for example, you also must understand sorrow. To understand wisdom, you can learn a lot by studying a fool.

3 What Is A Fool? Several Hebrew words so translated:
EVEEL – perverse, silly KESEEL – fat (figuratively), stupid or silly, foolish NABAL – stupid, wicked, foolish, vile

4 Connotations In Scripture speaks more to MORAL deficiency than to intellectual lacking Not a lack of mental powers, but the misuse of them The person who casts off the fear of the Lord and thinks he can disregard God’s eternal principles

5 Descriptions Of Fools Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” The fool can only see his own way

6 The Fool Trusts In His Own Heart
Proverbs 28:26 – “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered.

7 What we should do is… Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

8 Fools Won’t Listen To Instruction
Proverbs 1:7 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

9 They Die For Lack Of Wisdom
Proverbs 10:21 – “The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding.”

10 They Speak Before They Listen
Proverbs 18:13 – “He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.”

11 Fools Despise Discipline
Proverbs 26:3 – “A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.” Proverbs 17:10 – “A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”

12 And so they are evil Proverbs 10:23 – “Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, and so is wisdom to a man of understanding.” Proverbs 14:9 – “Fools mock at sin but among the upright there is good will.”

13 Nearly Impossible To Reform
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.”

14 What will be their legacy?
Proverbs 3:35 – “The wise will inherit honor, but fools display dishonor.”


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