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Characteristics of fools (2)

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Scripture portrays fools as those who have rejected God and his ways and are unable or unwilling to appreciate the wisdom of knowing and obeying him.


The world regards Christians as fools

1 Corinthians 4:10 NASB95
We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.
See also 1 Co 1:26–31

The world regards the gospel as foolish

1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB95
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
See also 1 Co 1:20–25

Fools do not believe in God

Psalm 53:1 NASB95
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good.
See also Ro 1:21

Fools do not trust God

Hosea 7:11 NASB95
So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense; They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
See also 2 Ch 16:7–9; Is 19:11–13; Is 30:1

Fools lack knowledge of God

Jeremiah 4:22 NASB95
“For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.”
See also Je 5:4; Je 5:21; Ps 92:6; Lk 24:25; Eph 5:15–17

The behaviour of fools

Fools worship idols

Jeremiah 10:8 NASB95
But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion—their idol is wood!
See also Je 10:14; Ro 1:22–23

Fools act in a godless manner

Isaiah 32:6 NASB95
For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart inclines toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord, To keep the hungry person unsatisfied And to withhold drink from the thirsty.
See also Ps 94:5–8; Pr 10:23; Ec 7:25; Je 4:22

Fools are dishonest

Jeremiah 17:11 NASB95
“As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in the end he will be a fool.”

Fools give vent to their anger

Proverbs 29:11 NASB95
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.
See also Ec 7:9

Fools are disobedient

1 Samuel 13:13 NASB95
Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.
See also 2 Sa 24:10; Ps 107:17; Pr 10:8

Fools despise instruction and discipline

Proverbs 1:22 NASB95
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
See also Pr 1:28–33; Pr 5:23; Pr 12:15; Is 65:2; Je 18:12; Eze 3:7

The speech of fools

Fools speak unwisely

Proverbs 18:6–7 NASB95
A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
See also Ec 10:12; Eph 5:4

Fools are slanderous

Proverbs 10:18 NASB95
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.
See also 2 Pe 2:15

Fools are mockers

Proverbs 14:9 NASB95
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.
See also Pr 1:22; Pr 14:6; Pr 23:9; Pr 24:9

Fools love quarrelling and dissension

Proverbs 20:3 NASB95
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
See also Pr 19:1; 1 Ti 1:4; 1 Ti 6:4; 2 Ti 2:23; Tt 3:9

The words of fools are empty

Proverbs 15:2 NASB95
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
See also Pr 14:7; Pr 26:7; Ec 9:17; Ec 10:14

Fools rely on themselves

Proverbs 12:15 NASB95
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
See also Pr 14:12; Pr 28:26

Fools rely on words, not deeds

James 2:20 NASB95
But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
See also Ec 5:4; Lk 11:39–40
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