As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
Fools repeat their folly.
Albert Einstein attributed the precise definition of insanity, which is, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” That certainly applies to the simple-minded man who continues to repeat the same mistakes. A man actually only makes a mistake once because the second time that he does it – it was a decision. As stupid as it might be he repeats his stupidity.
Proverbs openly ridicules what is considered a fool. The Hebrew word for fool means stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one. A fool is the guy who will not learn the lessons of life or apply wisdom to his decisions.
When I was a boy, I saw a dog eat its vomit. It was so disgusting that I would never forget it. As a teenager, I saw young people making the same mistakes over and over again. Then when I became an adult, I’ve seen grown men do the same thing repeatedly. I hate to admit it, but there have been plenty of times that I’ve played the fool.
Our Advisor is not sympathetic to fools. He paints a graphic picture of his folly. We need to be able to be corrected and not repeat stupid mistakes.
Peter refers to this proverb when referencing those who have returned to their life of sin after having tasted the righteousness and freedom that comes to us in Christ (2 Peter 2:22). It is a disgusting proposition for a person to literally turn from all of the good that comes to us in the Gospel and then return to dine on the filth of sin.
Don’t be a fool.