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Effects of folly (2)

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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 NLT
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
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Blindness to God’s truth

Ephesians 5:17 NLT
Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
See also ; ; ; hypocrisy in worship; ; failure to understand the nature of death and resurrection; ; futile controversies

Rebellion against God’s authority



Proverbs 28:26 NLT
Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
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Folly cannot be hidden

Ecclesiastes 10:3 NLT
You can identify fools just by the way they walk down the street!
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Folly opens the way to deception

Proverbs 14:8 NLT
The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.

Being led astray

Proverbs 14:15 NLT
Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.
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Failing to see danger

Proverbs 22:3 NLT
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
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Being unprepared

Matthew 25:10 NLT
“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.

The consequences of folly

Destruction and ruin

Proverbs 1:32 NLT
For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
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Proverbs 3:35 NLT
The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!
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Grief to parents

Proverbs 17:25 NLT
Foolish children bring grief to their father and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.
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Proverbs 16:22 NLT
Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.
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Exclusion from God’s way of salvation

Isaiah 35:8 NLT
And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there.
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Folly is persistent

Proverbs 27:22 NLT
You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
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Remedies for folly

The forgiveness of foolish actions

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Wisdom and instruction

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