Are You More Foolish Than a Fool?

FoolCount it up — 77 times we run across fool in the Bible, 43 times in the book of Proverbs alone.

For a scathing sample, consider Proverbs 26:1-11.

  • Prov 26:1 — honor isn’t fitting for a fool.
  • Prov 26:2 — fools curse without cause.
  • Prov 26:3 — fools need sharp correction.
  • Prov 26:4 — at times, it’s best to avoid answering a fool.
  • Prov 26:5 — at other times, fools need to be put in their place.
  • Prov 26:6 — fools are unreliable.
  • Prov 26:7 — fools miss the point of wisdom.
  • Prov 26:8 — honor given to a fool is wasted effort.
  • Prov 26:9 — fools misuse wisdom to their own harm.
  • Prov 26:10 — given enough opportunity, fools will harm others.
  • Prov 26:11 — fools fail to learn from and forsake the filth of their past.

But here’s the punch line. Are you paying attention?

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Prov 26:12)

This sermon is an exercise in feeling the weight of that punch line. It was delivered on April 15, 2012.

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