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57 Bible Verses about Fools

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2 Corinthians 11:19

For you readily and gladly bear with the foolish, since you are so smart and wise yourselves!

Proverbs 23:9

Speak not in the ears of a [self-confident] fool, for he will despise the [godly] Wisdom of your words.

Proverbs 18:2

A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] fools proclaims their folly.

Proverbs 18:6

A [self-confident] fool's lips bring contention, and his mouth invites a beating.

Proverbs 26:4

Answer not a [self-confident] fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.

Ephesians 5:15

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

Proverbs 18:7

A [self-confident] fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to himself.

Ecclesiastes 10:2

A wise man's heart turns him toward his right hand, but a fool's heart toward his left.

1 Corinthians 4:10

We are [looked upon as] fools on account of Christ and for His sake, but you are [supposedly] so amazingly wise and prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are [so very] strong! You are highly esteemed, but we are in disrepute and contempt!

Ecclesiastes 9:17

The words of wise men heard in quiet are better than the shouts of him who rules among fools.

Proverbs 17:28

Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 10:12

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious and win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

1 Corinthians 3:18

Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you supposes that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool [let him discard his worldly discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and scholarship], that he may become [really] wise.

Proverbs 3:35

The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.

Ecclesiastes 5:1

Keep your foot [give your mind to what you are doing] when you go [as Jacob to sacred Bethel] to the house of God. For to draw near to hear and obey is better than to give the sacrifice of fools [carelessly, irreverently] too ignorant to know that they are doing evil.

Proverbs 29:20

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.

Proverbs 26:5

Answer a [self-confident] fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes and conceit.

Ecclesiastes 10:6

Folly is set in great dignity and in high places, and the rich sit in low places.

Job 12:17

He leads [great and scheming] counselors away stripped and barefoot and makes the judges fools [in human estimation, by overthrowing their plans].

Psalm 92:6

A man in his rude and uncultivated state knows not, neither does a [self-confident] fool understand this:

Proverbs 10:23

It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.

Proverbs 14:8

The Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of [self-confident] fools is to deceive.

Psalm 94:8

Consider and understand, you stupid ones among the people! And you [self-confident] fools, when will you become wise?

Proverbs 13:19

Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] fools to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].

Jeremiah 17:11

Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch and sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means and not by right. He will leave them, or they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.

Ecclesiastes 7:5

It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

Proverbs 17:16

Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom -- "when he has no understanding or heart for it?

Proverbs 17:12

Let [the brute ferocity of] a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a [self-confident] fool in his folly [when he is in a rage].

Ecclesiastes 7:9

Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.

Isaiah 35:8

And a highway shall be there, and a way; and it shall be called the Holy Way. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for the redeemed; the wayfaring men, yes, the simple ones and fools, shall not err in it and lose their way.

1 Corinthians 15:36

You foolish man! Every time you plant seed, you sow something that does not come to life [germinating, springing up, and growing] unless it dies first.

Proverbs 26:1

Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool.

Proverbs 17:24

A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth.

From Thematic Bible


Fools » Characteristics of » Reveal their folly

2 Timothy 3:9

But they will not get very far, for their rash folly will become obvious to everybody, as was that of those [magicians mentioned].

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] fools proclaims their folly.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.

Proverbs 18:2

A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.

More verses: Ecclesiastes 10:3

Fools » Witnesses, two or thee required » Disciples and early Christians as

Acts 13:31

And for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are His witnesses to the people.

2 Peter 1:16

For we were not following cleverly devised stories when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty (grandeur, authority of sovereign power).

Luke 1:2

Exactly as they were handed down to us by those who from the [ official] beginning [of Jesus' ministry] were eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word [that is, of the doctrine concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God],

Fools » Characteristics of » Hypocrisy

Ephesians 5:15

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

Luke 11:39-40

But the Lord said to him, Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside you yourselves are full of greed and robbery and extortion and malice and wickedness. You senseless (foolish, stupid) ones [acting without reflection or intelligence]! Did not He Who made the outside make the inside also?

Fools » Punishment of

Psalm 107:17

Some are fools [made ill] because of the way of their transgressions and are afflicted because of their iniquities.

Proverbs 26:10

[But] like an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool or chance passers-by.

Fools » Characteristics of » Self-confidence

Ecclesiastes 7:9

Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.

Fools » Are » A grief to parents

Fools » Cling to their folly

Proverbs 27:22

Even though like grain you should pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Fools » Destroy themselves by their speech

Proverbs 10:14

Wise men store up knowledge [in mind and heart], but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.

Fools » Worship idols

Jeremiah 10:8

But they are altogether irrational and stupid and foolish. Their instruction is given by idols who are but wood [it is a teaching of falsity, emptiness, futility]!

Romans 1:22-23

Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves]. And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.

Fools » Characteristics of » Dishonesty

Jeremiah 17:11

Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch and sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means and not by right. He will leave them, or they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.

Matthew 7:26

And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.

Fools » Honor is unbecoming for

Proverbs 26:1

Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool.

Proverbs 26:8

Like he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a [self-confident] fool.

Fools » Are » Self-sufficient

Fools » Despise instruction

Fools » Avoid them

Proverbs 9:6

Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight and understanding.

Fools » Deny God

Fools » Are » Full of words

Ecclesiastes 10:14

A fool also multiplies words, though no man can tell what will be -- "and what will happen after he is gone, who can tell him?

Fools » Walk in darkness

Ecclesiastes 2:14

The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness; and yet I perceived that [in the end] one event happens to them both.

Fools » Are » Angry

Ecclesiastes 7:9

Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.

Fools » Are » Slothful

Ecclesiastes 4:5

The fool folds his hands together and eats his own flesh [destroying himself by indolence].

Fools » Worship of, hateful to God

Ecclesiastes 5:1

Keep your foot [give your mind to what you are doing] when you go [as Jacob to sacred Bethel] to the house of God. For to draw near to hear and obey is better than to give the sacrifice of fools [carelessly, irreverently] too ignorant to know that they are doing evil.

Fools » God has no pleasure in

Ecclesiastes 5:4

When you vow a vow or make a pledge to God, do not put off paying it; for God has no pleasure in fools (those who witlessly mock Him). Pay what you vow.

Fools » Are » Mere professors of religion

Matthew 25:2-12

Five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent). For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them; But the wise took flasks of oil along with them [also] with their lamps. read more.
While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep. But at midnight there was a shout, Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him! Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise replied, There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves. But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us! But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you].

Fools » Characteristics of » Slander

Fools » Are » Self-confident

Proverbs 14:16

A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, but the fool bears himself insolently and is [presumptuously] confident.

Fools » Are » Slanderers

Fools » Are » Liars

Fools » Sport themselves in mischief

Proverbs 10:23

It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.

Fools » Trust to their own hearts

Fools » Hate to depart from evil

Proverbs 13:19

Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] fools to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].

Fools » The company of, ruinous

Fools » Characteristics of » Despising instruction

Fools » Characteristics of » Mocking at sin

Proverbs 14:9

Fools make a mock of sin and sin mocks the fools [who are its victims; a sin offering made by them only mocks them, bringing them disappointment and disfavor], but among the upright there is the favor of God.

Fools » Characteristics of » Meddlesomeness

Fools » Characteristics of » Contentiousness

Proverbs 18:6

A [self-confident] fool's lips bring contention, and his mouth invites a beating.

Fools » Exemplified » Israel

Jeremiah 4:22

[Their chastisement will continue until it has accomplished its purpose] for My people are stupid, says the Lord [replying to Jeremiah]; they do not know and understand Me. They are thickheaded children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge [and know not how].

Fools » Are » Given to meddling

Fools » Are » Self-deceivers

Proverbs 14:8

The Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of [self-confident] fools is to deceive.

Fools » Are » Contentious

Proverbs 18:6

A [self-confident] fool's lips bring contention, and his mouth invites a beating.

Fools » The mouth of, pours out folly

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.

Fools » Delight not in understanding

Proverbs 18:2

A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.

Fools » Lips of, a snare to the soul

Proverbs 18:7

A [self-confident] fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to himself.

Fools » Make a mock at sin

Proverbs 14:9

Fools make a mock of sin and sin mocks the fools [who are its victims; a sin offering made by them only mocks them, bringing them disappointment and disfavor], but among the upright there is the favor of God.

Fools » Hate knowledge

Proverbs 1:22

How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge?

Fools » Come to shame

Proverbs 3:35

The wise shall inherit glory (all honor and good) but shame is the highest rank conferred on [self-confident] fools.

Fools » Exemplified » Rehoboam

1 Kings 12:8

But he forsook the counsel the old men gave him and consulted the young men who grew up with him and stood before him.

Fools » Hear the gospel and obey it not

Matthew 7:26

And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.

Fools » Exhorted to seek wisdom

Proverbs 8:5

O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart.

Fools » Blaspheme God

Psalm 74:18

[Earnestly] remember how the enemy has scoffed, O Lord, and reproached You, and how a foolish and impious people has blasphemed Your name.

Fools » Reproach God

Psalm 74:22

Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; remember [earnestly] how the foolish and impious man scoffs and reproaches You day after day and all day long.

Fools » Characteristics of » Atheism

Fools » Are » Corrupt and abominable

Fools » Depend upon their wealth

Fools » All men are, without the knowledge of God

Titus 3:3

For we also were once thoughtless and senseless, obstinate and disobedient, deluded and misled; [we too were once] slaves to all sorts of cravings and pleasures, wasting our days in malice and jealousy and envy, hateful (hated, detestable) and hating one another.

Fools » Shall not stand in the presence of God

Names » Of the wicked » Fools

Titles and names of the wicked » Fools

Topics on Fools

Anger, Characteristic Of Fools

20;12;16

A fool's wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.

Counted As Fools

10;3;33

And the king lamented over Abner and said, Should Abner die as a fool dies?

Fools Attitude To God

19;14;1

The [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable deeds; there is none that does good or right.

Fools Becoming Wise

20;13;20

He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.

Fools, Characteristics Of

46;4;10

We are [looked upon as] fools on account of Christ and for His sake, but you are [supposedly] so amazingly wise and prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are [so very] strong! You are highly esteemed, but we are in disrepute and contempt!

Fools, Description Of

56;3;3

For we also were once thoughtless and senseless, obstinate and disobedient, deluded and misled; [we too were once] slaves to all sorts of cravings and pleasures, wasting our days in malice and jealousy and envy, hateful (hated, detestable) and hating one another.

Fools, In Teaching Of Jesus Christ

40;23;16-17

Woe to you, blind guides, who say, If anyone swears by the sanctuary of the temple, it is nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the sanctuary, he is a debtor [bound by his oath].

God's Attitude To Fools

42;12;20

But God said to him, You fool! This very night they [the messengers of God] will demand your soul of you; and all the things that you have prepared, whose will they be?

The Work Of Fools

21;10;15

The labor of fools wearies every one of them, because [he is so ignorant of the ordinary matters that] he does not even know how to get to town.