What Does the Bible Say About Fools?


The laughing jester; Art museum of Sweden, StockholmAccording to the Encyclopedia of The Bible on Bible Gateway, folly is wrongheadedness; it’s the opposite of wisdom. It has to do with practical insights into the nature of things that lead to success or failure in life.

Wisdom and folly in the Bible rest on the principle of adjustment to a higher law for a practical purpose. Folly involves rejection or disregard of the revealed moral and spiritual values on which life is based. The fool sins against his own best interests and rejects God (Psalm 14:1).

The Bible expresses folly in various ways. The fool is

A person’s sin nature is so radically wrong in relation to God’s moral world that he or she decries the gospel as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:21-25). Yet the Bible says the gospel is the only hope of becoming wise.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:21-25 (NIV, NKJV, and NRSV in parallel) on Bible Gateway

Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.Proverbs 9:6 (MEV)

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