Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, had a lot to say about a man who is foolish. The fool is dull, stupid, arrogant, and a simpleton. As the primary author of Proverbs, Solomon warns us about granting a fool access to you and your inner circle.
If you’re going to grow in wisdom, you will need to surround yourself with wise men—mentors who can help guide you on the path toward success. Likewise, if you surround yourself with fools, you will have a very destructive influence in your life, paving the way to ruin.
Here are 12 warnings about fools:
- A fool doesn’t value learning a lesson. Proverbs 1:7
- A fool will mock and slander a successful man. Proverbs 10:18
- A fool has no moral restraint. Proverbs 13:19
- A fool is flippant toward sin and it’s judgment. Proverbs 14:9
- A fool can’t be trusted with important information. Proverbs 14:33
- A fool sniffs at his father’s instructions. Proverbs 15:5
- A fool is disrespectful toward his mother. Proverbs 15:20
- A fool doesn’t learn the lessons of pain. Proverbs 17:10
- A fool expresses arrogant disregard for God. Proverbs 19:3
- A fool stirs up strife in every room he enters. Proverbs 20:3
- A fool consumes all of his income. Proverbs 21:20
- A fool creates his own theology to justify his actions. Proverbs 28:26
Unfortunately, modern culture is marginalizing manhood by portraying men as foolish. As authentic men, we must step up to the calling of wisdom and prove ourselves strong, intelligent, wise, and discerning. Next week, I will talk about Wisdom.