Characteristics of a Fool

A fool is one who acts unwisely. Proverbs mention fools often and then clarify the meaning. 

Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Fools hate knowledge, get shame, bring grief to parents.

They come to ruin. And die for lack of common sense. They end up serving the wise. They enjoy evil and folly. Their companions suffer.

Fools are prideful, lack knowledge, deceive even themselves, and sadly, enjoy sin. They don’t like to take advice and even enjoy their hotheaded attitudes.

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, their hearts are not upright and they despise their parents.

Even a hundred lashes won’t set them straight. They bring only pain to their parents. Their eyes always want more and they delight in their own voices. Their lips are their own trap, and they love a quarrel.

They gulp their food and scorn wise words. There is no point in answering them because you might begin to sound like them. As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. They like to provoke others, they trust only themselves and vent their rage.

Proverbs 30:32 says “If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth!

Or “Better to be a fool, than to open your mouth and prove it.” 

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