Fools, Characteristics Of

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1 Corinthians 1:26-31

For consider your calling, brothers, that not many [were] wise according to human standards, not many [were] powerful, not many [were] well born. But the foolish [things] of the world God chose in order that he might put to shame the wise, and the weak [things] of the world God chose in order that he might put to shame the strong, and the insignificant of the world, and the despised, God chose, the things that are not, in order that he might abolish the things that are,read more.
so that all flesh may not boast before God. But from him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, just as it is written, "The one who boasts, let him boast in the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:20-25

Where [is] the wise person? Where [is] the scribe? Where [is] the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe. For indeed, Jews ask for sign miracles and Greeks seek wisdom,read more.
but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a cause for stumbling, but to the Gentiles foolishness, but to those [who are] called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ [is] the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human [wisdom], and the weakness of God [is] stronger than human [strength].

Hosea 7:11

Ephraim was like a dove, silly, {without sense}; they call [to] Egypt, they go [to] Assyria.

2 Chronicles 16:7-9

And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, "On account of your reliance upon the king of Aram, and [since] you did not rely on Yahweh your God, therefore the troops of the king of Aram escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with very abundant chariots and horsemen? And because of your reliance on Yahweh he gave them into your hand. For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout all the earth to strengthen those whose heart is fully devoted to him. You have been foolish in this, for from now on you will have wars."

Isaiah 19:11-13

Surely the princes of Zoan [are] foolish; the wise of the counselors of Pharaoh [give] senseless counsel. How can you say to Pharaoh, "I myself [am] a son of sages, a {descendant} of ancient kings"? Where [are] your sages then? Now, let them tell you, and let them know what Yahweh of hosts has planned against Egypt. The princes of Zoan have become foolish; the princes of Memphis are deceived; the leaders of her tribes have led Egypt astray.

Jeremiah 4:22

"For my people [are] foolish, they have not known me. They [are] foolish children, and they do not have insight. They [are] skillful at doing evil, and they do not know [how] to do good."

Jeremiah 5:4

Then I said, "[They are] just simple people, they are foolish, for they know not the way of Yahweh, the law of their God.

Psalm 92:6

[The] brutish man does not know, and [the] fool cannot understand this.

Ephesians 5:15-17

Therefore, consider carefully how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of the time because the days are evil. Because of this do not become foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord [is].

Jeremiah 10:8

{At the same time} they are stupid and foolish, [in the] instruction of idols, it [is] wood.

Jeremiah 10:14

{Everyone} is stupid, {without knowledge}, every goldsmith is ashamed by [his] divine image, for his cast image [is] an illusion, and [there is] no breath in them.

Jeremiah 51:17

All humankind turns out to be stupid, without knowledge. Every goldsmith is put to shame by [the] divine image. For his cast image [is] a lie, and [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 with the likeness of an image of mortal human beings and birds and quadrupeds and reptiles.

Isaiah 32:6

For a fool speaks folly, and his {mind} does iniquity: to {behave wickedly}, and to speak error concerning Yahweh, to leave [the] throat of [the] hungry empty, and he deprives [the] thirsty [of] drink.

Psalm 94:5-8

They crush your people, O Yahweh; they oppress your inheritance. They kill widow and stranger, and they murder orphans, while they say, "Yah does not see," and "The God of Jacob does not pay attention."read more.
You pay attention, O brutes among the people. And [you] fools, when you will show insight?

Proverbs 10:23

[It is] like a sport for a fool to do wrong, wisdom for a person of understanding.

1 Samuel 13:13

Then Samuel said to Saul, "You have behaved foolishly! You have not kept the command of Yahweh your God which he commanded you. For then, Yahweh would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

2 Samuel 24:10

The heart of David struck him after he had counted the people, and David said to Yahweh, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done! So then, O Yahweh, please forgive the guilt of your servant because I have acted very foolishly."

1 Chronicles 21:8

Then David said to God, "I have sinned severely [in] that I have done this thing. But now, please forgive the sin of your servant, for I have been very foolish."

Proverbs 1:22

"{How long}, O simple ones, will you love simplicity? And [how long] will scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 1:28-33

then they will call me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but not find me. Since they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of Yahweh, they were not willing [to accept] my counsel, they despised all my reproof.read more.
They shall eat from the fruit of their way, and they shall be sated from their own schemes, for the waywardness of the simple ones will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. Whoever listens to me will dwell in security and rest securely from dread and disaster."

Proverbs 5:23

He shall die {for lack of} discipline, and in the greatness of his folly he shall be lost.

Jeremiah 18:12

But they will say, '[It is] hopeless, for we will go after our [own] plans, and each one of us will act [according to] the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

Ezekiel 3:7

And the house of Israel, they are not willing to listen to you, for they [are] not willing to listen to me, for all of the house of Israel is hard of forehead, and they [are] hard of heart.

Proverbs 18:6-7

The lips of a fool will bring strife, and his mouth calls out for a flogging. The mouth of a fool [is] ruin to him, and his lips [are] a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 10:18

He who conceals hatred [has] lips of deceit, and he who utters slander--he is a fool.

Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock [the] guilt offering, but among the upright, it is favorable.

Proverbs 14:6

A scoffer seeks wisdom, but there is none, but knowledge {comes easily to him who understands}.

Proverbs 23:9

In the ears of a fool do not speak, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

1 Timothy 1:4

and not to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause useless speculations rather than God's plan [that is] by faith.

1 Timothy 6:4

he is conceited, understanding nothing, but having a morbid interest concerning controversies and disputes about words, from which come envy, strife, slanders, evil suspicions,

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise will dispense knowledge, but the mouth of fools will pour out folly.

Proverbs 14:7

Leave {the presence of a foolish man}, [for] you will not [come to] know {words of knowledge}.

Proverbs 26:7

[Like] legs that hang limp from a lame person, so [is] a proverb in the mouth of fools.

James 2:20

But do you want to know, O foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

Luke 11:39-40

But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but your inside is full of greediness and wickedness. Fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?

Proverbs 14:16

The wise is cautious and turns from evil, but the fool throws off restraint and is confident.

Proverbs 18:6

The lips of a fool will bring strife, and his mouth calls out for a flogging.

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