'Folly' in the Bible
And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.
"Here is my virgin daughter and his concubine. Please let me bring them out that you may ravish them and do to them whatever you wish. But do not commit such an act of folly against this man."
And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.
And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.
Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.
And it was told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. Then David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into folly.
In all this Job hath not sinned, nor given folly to God.
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
He takes the wise in their own prudence, and the counsel of his adversaries is turned to folly.
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
Sons of folly -- even sons without name, They have been smitten from the land.
Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
Stunk -- become corrupt have my wounds, Because of my folly.
This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You.
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
"Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."
The woman Folly is rowdy;she is gullible and knows nothing.
A prudent man is concealing knowledge, And the heart of fools proclaimeth folly.
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
The wisdom of women buildeth their house; but folly plucketh it down with her hands.
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Whoso is short of temper doth folly, And a man of wicked devices is hated.
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
The tongue of the wise maketh knowledge good, And the mouth of fools uttereth folly.
The heart of the intelligent seeketh knowledge, And the mouth of fools enjoyeth folly.
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Wisdom appears upon the countenance of him that has understanding, but the eyes of a fool manifest his folly unto the ends of the earth.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
The folly of man perverteth his way, And against Jehovah is his heart wroth.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a youth, The rod of chastisement putteth it far from him.
To devise folly is sin, and people detest a scoffer.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
If thou dost beat the foolish in a mortar, Among washed things -- with a pestle, His folly turneth not aside from off him.
And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
I said of partying, "It is folly," and of self-indulgent pleasure, "It accomplishes nothing!"
I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
For like the crackling of quick-burning thorns under a cooking pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This kind of folly also is useless.
I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
This is the unfortunate fact about everything that happens on earth: the same fate awaits everyone. In addition to this, the hearts of all people are full of evil, and there is folly in their hearts during their lives -- then they die.
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly,but the end of his speaking is evil madness.
For you will be ashamed [of the folly and degradation] of the oak or terebinth trees in which you found [idolatrous] pleasure, and you will blush with shame for the [idolatrous worship which you practice in the passion-inflaming] gardens which you have chosen.
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
For a fool speaketh folly, And his heart doth iniquity, to do profanity, And to speak concerning Jehovah error, To empty the soul of the hungry, Yea, drink of the thirsty he causeth to lack.
[You worshipers of idols, you are without excuse.] Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? [These things ought to convince you of God's omnipotence and of the folly of bowing to idols.] Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
Because that they have done folly in Israel, and commit adultery with the wives of their neighbours, and speak a word in My name falsely that I have not commanded them, and I am He who knoweth and a witness -- an affirmation of Jehovah.
Thy prophets have seen vanity and folly for thee; and they have not revealed thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee burdens of falsehood and causes of expulsion.
And now I will uncover her folly in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall deliver her out of my hand.
When Judas, His betrayer, saw that [Jesus] was condemned, [Judas was afflicted in mind and troubled for his former folly; and] with remorse [with little more than a selfish dread of the consequences] he brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,
thefts, covetousness, wickednesses, deceit, licentiousness, a wicked eye, injurious language, haughtiness, folly;
Because, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but fell into folly in their thoughts, and their heart without understanding was darkened:
For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God.
Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world's wisdom?
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know them because they are spiritually discerned;
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
What I speak I do not speak according to the Lord, but as in folly, in this confidence of boasting.
I speak as to dishonour, as though we had been weak; but wherein any one is daring, (I speak in folly,) I also am daring.
So this I say and solemnly testify in [the name of] the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the heathen (the Gentiles) do in their perverseness [in the folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility] of their minds.
For he who deals wrongfully will [reap the fruit of his folly and] be punished for his wrongdoing. And [with God] there is no partiality [no matter what a person's position may be, whether he is the slave or the master].
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
but had reproof of his own wickedness the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the folly of the prophet.
For uttering loud boasts of folly, they beguile and lure with lustful desires of the flesh those who are barely escaping from them who are wrongdoers.
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