What is Worse than a Fool?

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

One of the things that makes this such an interesting passage of Scripture is what comes before it. Verses 1-11 of chapter 12 give a lot of attention to the nature of a fool. Fools are people to be avoided at all costs, they are people who need whips and bridles to be corrected, they should not be given honor, they cause nothing but harm to those who are associated with them and they delight in that which is disgusting. Yet, with all of the negative descriptions of a fool in verses 1-11, there is one who is even worse off than the fool, the man who is “wise in his own eyes.” The only thing that is worse than being a fool, is giving into pride and refusing to listen to wisdom.

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August 08 2011 04:00 am | Devotional

One Response to “What is Worse than a Fool?”

  1. Heidi on 08 Aug 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Ouch! Hurry…tell me something I need to know! No…wait…if I am reading your blog and looking at what it has to say to me because I know I need to learn and grow, does that mean I am NOT a fool? I *am* listening to wisdom, right? LOL! (Patting self on back firmly for not being a fool…HA!)