Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Solomon's Sixty-four Characteristics of a Fool

In Proverbs, a fool

  1. despises wisdom and instruction: 1:7
  2. hates knowledge. 1:22
  3. is complacent about Divine warnings of God’s vengeance against him. 1:24-32
  4. exalts himself. 3:35
  5. by his words invites and brings about his own ruin. 10:8, 10, 14
  6. spreads slander. 10:18
  7. dies from (because of - hb) a lack of understanding. 10:21
  8. derives pleasure from sinful behavior. 10:23
  9. will eventually be subject to the wise person. 11:29
  10. thinks that his sinful actions are justifiable. 12:15
  11. wears his feelings on his sleeve and is easy to read. 12:16
  12. advertises his foolishness. 12:23; 13:16
  13. considers it "an abomination" to repent of his folly. 13:19
  14. deserves to see the back of a wise person. 14:7
  15. deceives others. 14:8
  16. mocks at sin. 14:9
  17. is arrogant. 14:16
  18. is reckless. 14:16
  19. increasingly produces more and more foolishness. 14:24
  20. is exposed as a fool by wisdom. 14:33
  21. rejects parental authority and discipline. 15:5
  22. speaks so as to spread his ignorance to others. 15:7
  23. brings punishment upon himself. 16:22
  24. is one in whose mouth eloquence is inappropriate. 17:7
  25. will not listen to wise rebuke even if it’s pounded in him a hundred times. 17:10, 27:22
  26. is more dangerous in his sin than a mama bear who has lost her cubs. 17:12
  27. is one whose money is useless when it comes to buying wisdom. 17:16
  28. brings sorrow and perhaps even ruin to his parents. 17:21, 25; 19:13
  29. has eyes only for worldly things. 17:24
  30. can appear to be wise if he keeps his mouth shut. 17:28
  31. finds no pleasure in true understanding but loves to express his opinion. 18:2
  32. is destroyed by his own mouth. 18:7
  33. is argumentative. 18:16; 20:3
  34. speaks perversely. 19:1
  35. doesn’t really fit in a place of luxury. 19:10
  36. despises the words of the wise. 23:9
  37. cannot intellectually transcend to a contemplation of wisdom. 24:7
  38. does not deserve to be honored. 26:1, 8
  39. deserves to be whipped like a mule. 26:3
  40. should not be answered in a manner like unto his own foolish words. 26:4
  41. should be answered as a fool deserves to be answered, in such a way as to show the fool his foolishness. 26:5
  42. should not be entrusted with important information to communicate to others. 26:6
  43. should not be hired by a wise person. 26:10
  44. repeats and repeats foolish behavior. 26:11
  45. dangerously provokes others. 27:3
  46. trusts his own heart. 28:26
  47. easily loses his temper. 29:11; Eccl. 7:9
  48. is often gluttonous. 30:22
In Ecclesiastes, a fool

  1. walks in darkness. 2:14
  2. folds his hands and ruins himself. 4:5
  3. offends Deity and sacredness by speaking rather than listening. Eccl. 5:1
  4. speaks troublesome and trouble-filled words like an anxiety-driven dream. 5:3
  5. breaks vows and promises. 5:5
  6. loves to party. 7:4
  7. sings silly songs. 7:5
  8. laughs annoyingly about meaningless things. 7:6
  9. often dies "before his time." 7:17
  10. is not to be taken seriously by a wise person even if the fool is a king. 9:17
  11. holds his heart in his left hand. 10:2
  12. shows everyone how stupid he really is. 10:3
  13. often occupies a place of authority. 10:6
  14. is eaten up by his own foolish words. 10:12
  15. talks way too much. 10:14
  16. often gets bored with work. 10:15

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