'Fool' in the Bible
Then Saul said, "I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error."
The king chanted a lament for Abner and said, "Should Abner die as a fool dies?
The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God " They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.
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.
Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.
He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined.
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.
Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.
Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.
A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.
Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.
A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.
Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him.
Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.
He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.
Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Under a slave when he becomes king, And a fool when he is satisfied with food,
The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.
Then I said to myself, "As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me Why then have I been extremely wise?" So I said to myself, "This too is vanity."
For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten And how the wise man and the fool alike die!
And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun This too is vanity.
For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.
For what advantage does the wise man have over the fool? What advantage does the poor man have, knowing how to walk before the living?
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.
Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?
Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
Yet the fool multiplies words No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?
The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.
No longer will the fool be called noble, Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.
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.
"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."
The days of punishment have come, The days of retribution have come; Let Israel know this! The prophet is a fool, The inspired man is demented, Because of the grossness of your iniquity, And because your hostility is so great.
"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'
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