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Effects of folly

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The attitude that leads to a closing of the mind towards God and his truth, and a false self-confidence, which results in being easily led astray, failure to see danger, unpreparedness and ultimate ruin.

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Folly gives a false basis for confidence

Contempt for God’s wisdom

Proverbs 1:7 HCSB
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.
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Blindness to God’s truth

Ephesians 5:17 HCSB
So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
See also ; ; ; hypocrisy in worship; ; failure to understand the nature of death and resurrection; ; futile controversies

Rebellion against God’s authority



Proverbs 28:26 HCSB
The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.
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Folly cannot be hidden

Ecclesiastes 10:3 HCSB
Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense, and he shows everyone he is a fool.
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Folly opens the way to deception

Proverbs 14:8 HCSB
The sensible man’s wisdom is to consider his way, but the stupidity of fools deceives them.

Being led astray

Proverbs 14:15 HCSB
The inexperienced one believes anything, but the sensible one watches his steps.
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Failing to see danger

Proverbs 22:3 HCSB
A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
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Being unprepared

Matthew 25:10 HCSB
“When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.

The consequences of folly

Destruction and ruin

Proverbs 1:32 HCSB
For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
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Proverbs 3:35 HCSB
The wise will inherit honor, but He holds up fools to dishonor.
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Grief to parents

Proverbs 17:25 HCSB
A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.
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Proverbs 16:22 HCSB
Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly.
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Exclusion from God’s way of salvation

Isaiah 35:8 HCSB
A road will be there and a way; it will be called the Holy Way. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for the one who walks the path. Even the fool will not go astray.
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Folly is persistent

Proverbs 27:22 HCSB
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him.
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Remedies for folly

The forgiveness of foolish actions

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Wisdom and instruction

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