Traits of Fools

Fools despise wisdom and discipline.
                        —Proverbs 1:7

The Bible records only one instance where God called a man a fool (Lk 12:20).

However, there are numerous references to the traits of fools.

Some refer to disposition

  • Quarrelsome: “Every fool is quick to quarrel” (Prv 20:3).
  • Angry: “A fool gives full vent to his anger” (Prv 29:11).
  • Arrogant: “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice” (Prv 12:15).
  • Lazy: “Fools will fold their hands and starve to death” (Eccl 4:5).

Some refer to actions

  • Talks too much: “The fool multiplies words” (Eccl 10:14).
  • Lives wickedly: “The fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil. He practices ungodliness” (Is 32:6).
  • Spends recklessly: “A foolish man devours all he has” (Prv 21:20).

A foolish act has no sensible explanation.

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