'Foolish' in the Bible
“Do you thus repay the Lord,O foolish and unwise people?Is not He your Father who has bought you?He has made you and established you.
‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God;They have provoked Me to anger with their idols.So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,
But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!”
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
“For anger slays the foolish man,And jealousy kills the simple.
“I have seen the foolish taking root,And I cursed his abode immediately.
“Deliver me from all my transgressions;Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
This is the way of those who are foolish,And of those after them who approve their words. Selah.
Remember this, O Lord, that the enemy has reviled,And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause;Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.
The proverbs of Solomon.A wise son makes a father glad,But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
Wise men store up knowledge,But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
He who troubles his own house will inherit wind,And the foolish will be servant to the wisehearted.
The wise woman builds her house,But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,But the lips of the wise will protect them.
A wise son makes a father glad,But a foolish man despises his mother.
A foolish son is a grief to his fatherAnd bitterness to her who bore him.
A foolish son is destruction to his father,And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,But a foolish man swallows it up.
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
If you have been foolish in exalting yourselfOr if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.
A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.
A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.
“For My people are foolish,They know Me not;They are stupid childrenAnd have no understanding.They are shrewd to do evil,But to do good they do not know.”
Then I said, “They are only the poor,They are foolish;For they do not know the way of the LordOr the ordinance of their God.
‘Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people,Who have eyes but do not see;Who have ears but do not hear.
But they are altogether stupid and foolishIn their discipline of delusion—their idol is wood!
Your prophets have seen for youFalse and foolish visions;And they have not exposed your iniquitySo as to restore you from captivity,But they have seen for you false and misleading oracles.
Thus says the Lord God, “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing.
The Lord said to me, “Take again for yourself the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.
For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,
The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?
And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.
Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.
For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.
For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.
I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.