Foolish Life Strategies. Adapted from work by Harold Bullock. In Hebrew six different words are translated “ fool ” in English. Understanding the different “fools” gives greater insight to the Scriptures.
Foolish Life Strategies
Adapted from work by Harold Bullock
Every prudent man acts out of knowledge,
but a fool exposes his folly.
A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil,
but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.
He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.
Stone is heavy and sand a burden,
but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his folly.
A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed — without remedy.
This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.
Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding him like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove his folly from him.
The foolsays in his heart,
"There is no God."
So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,