Fools, Characteristics Of

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1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Brothers, consider your calling: not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen the world's foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world's weak things to shame the strong. God has chosen the world's insignificant and despised things-the things viewed as nothing-so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something,read more.
so that no one can boast in His presence. But from Him you are in Christ Jesus, who for us became wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:20-25

Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn't God made the world's wisdom foolish? For since, in God's wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom,read more.
but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God's power and God's wisdom, because God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

Hosea 7:11

So Ephraim has become like a silly, senseless dove; they call to Egypt, and they go to Assyria.

2 Chronicles 16:7-9

At that time, Hanani the seer came to King Asa of Judah and said to him, "Because you depended on the king of Aram and have not depended on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a vast army with very many chariots and horsemen? When you depended on the Lord, He handed them over to you. For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. You have been foolish in this matter, for from now on, you will have wars."

Isaiah 19:11-13

The princes of Zoan are complete fools; Pharaoh's wisest advisers give stupid advice! How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise, a student of eastern kings." Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you and reveal what the Lord of Hosts has planned against Egypt. The princes of Zoan have been fools; the princes of Memphis are deceived. Her tribal chieftains have led Egypt astray.

Isaiah 30:1

Woe to the rebellious children! [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. They carry out a plan, but not Mine, They make an alliance, but against My will, piling sin on top of sin.

Jeremiah 4:22

For My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good.

Jeremiah 5:4

Then I thought: They are just the poor; they have played the fool. For they don't understand the way of the Lord, the justice of their God.

Psalm 92:6

A stupid person does not know, a fool does not understand this:

Ephesians 5:15-17

Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk-not as unwise people but as wise- making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don't be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

Jeremiah 10:8

They are both senseless and foolish, instructed by worthless idols [made of] wood!

Jeremiah 10:14

Everyone is stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith is put to shame by [his] carved image, for his cast images are a lie; there is no breath in them.

Jeremiah 51:17

Everyone is stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith is put to shame by [his] carved image, for his cast images are a lie; there is no breath in them.

Romans 1:22-23

Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

Isaiah 32:6

For a fool speaks foolishness and his mind plots iniquity. He lives in a godless way and speaks falsely about the Lord. He leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.

Psalm 94:5-8

Lord, they crush Your people; they afflict Your heritage. They kill the widow and the foreigner and murder the fatherless. They say, "The Lord doesn't see it. The God of Jacob doesn't pay attention."read more.
Pay attention, you stupid people! Fools, when will you be wise?

Proverbs 10:23

As shameful conduct is pleasure for a fool, so wisdom is for a man of understanding.

1 Samuel 13:13

Samuel said to Saul, "You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel,

2 Samuel 24:10

David's conscience troubled him after he had taken a census of the troops. He said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I've done. Now, Lord, because I've been very foolish, please take away Your servant's guilt."

1 Chronicles 21:8

David said to God, "I have sinned greatly because I have done this thing. Now, because I've been very foolish, please take away Your servant's guilt."

Proverbs 1:22

"How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? [How long] will [you] mockers enjoy mocking and [you] fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 1:28-33

Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me. Because they hated knowledge, didn't choose to fear the Lord, were not interested in my counsel, and rejected all my correction,read more.
they will eat the fruit of their way and be glutted with their own schemes. For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. But whoever listens to me will live securely and be free from the fear of danger."

Proverbs 5:23

He will die because there is no instruction, and be lost because of his great stupidity.

Jeremiah 18:12

But they will say: It's hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart."

Ezekiel 3:7

But the house of Israel will not want to listen to you because they do not want to listen to Me. For the whole house of Israel is hardheaded and hardhearted.

Proverbs 18:6-7

A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating. A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.

Proverbs 10:18

The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock at making restitution, but there is goodwill among the upright.

Proverbs 14:6

A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn't find it, but knowledge [comes] easily to the perceptive.

Proverbs 23:9

Don't speak to a fool, for he will despise the insight of your words.

1 Timothy 1:4

or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These promote empty speculations rather than God's plan, which operates by faith.

1 Timothy 6:4

he is conceited, understanding nothing, but having a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slanders, evil suspicions,

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.

Proverbs 26:7

A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like lame legs that hang limp.

James 2:20

Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?

Luke 11:39-40

But the Lord said to him: "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and evil. Fools! Didn't He who made the outside make the inside too?

Proverbs 14:16

A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless.

Proverbs 18:6

A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating.

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