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Saturday, May 23 2015

Proverbs 26: What Did Jesus Say About Foolishness?

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works"

The English-language word "fool" originated from a Latin word, follus, which meant a bellows ("a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument"), or in the case of humans, someone with cheeks puffed out in a mocking ("expressing contempt or ridicule") or demented ("affected with madness or insanity") manner (see also What Is Your Countenance Saying?).

"Fool" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, including:

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  • The Hebrew word, pronounced naw-bawl, that meant brutish. An example:

    "14:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." (Psalm 14:1 KJV)

    "25:25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send [see The Meeting Of David And Abigail]." (1 Samuel 25:25 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced kes-eel, that meant silly or pathetic. An example:

    "10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool." (Proverbs 10:18 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced ev-eel, that meant evil (the English word "evil" originated from that Hebrew word that means fool). An example:

    "12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise." (Proverbs 12:15 KJV)

As stated in the explanations above, the word "evil" originated from the Hebrew word that means fool. It's the primary reason that the Messiah included "foolishness" in a listing of evil behaviour.

"7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." (Mark 7:20-23 KJV)

Many of the Proverbs deal with how not to be a fool (see Words To Get Ahead). They also include lessons about how not to respond to the baiting taunts of a fool (see the Fact Finder question below).

"26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

26:9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

26:18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 26:19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26:26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin." (Proverbs 26:1-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does the Word of God teach about how to respond to mocking and provocations from a fool?
See When Silence Is The Best Answer


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This Day In History, May 23

1498: Girolamo Savonarola, Italian religious and political reformer, was hanged and burned at the stake by the order of Pope Alexander VI.

1533: Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon void, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn in January legal, a judgment that was condemned by the Vatican.

1568: The Netherlands declared independence from Spain.

Mountie 1568: Dutch rebels under the command of Louis of Nassau (brother of William I of Orange) defeated Jean de Ligne, the Duke of Aremberg and his troops at the Battle of Heiligerlee, beginning the Eighty Years' War.

1618: The Thirty Years War began when, during a Bohemian revolt against the Hapsburg Emperor, three opponents of the Reformation are thrown through a window. The incident became known as the Defenestration of Prague.

1633: Samuel de Champlain was made the first governor of New France (North America).

1701: Scottish pirate William Kidd ("Captain Kidd") was hanged at London's Execution Dock after being convicted of piracy and murder.

1706: The Battle of Ramillies; the British army under John Churchill (of the same family from which future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born 2 centuries later), the 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeated a French army under Marshal Villeroi.

1805: In the Cathedral of Milan, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy.

1873: The Canadian North West Mounted Police were established. They formed part of what is known today as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the "Mounties").

1934: The criminals "Bonnie and Clyde" (Bonnie Parker, 24 and Clyde Barrow, 25) were killed (shot at least 25 times each) by police in Louisiana. Their crime spree included robberies (gas stations, stores and banks), kidnappings and the murders of numerous people, including police officers.

1939: The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sank off the coast of New Hampshire. 26 sailors were killed; 33 others were rescued.

1945: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo ("Gestapo" was the abbreviation for "The State Police"), committed suicide after being captured by Allied forces.

1960: Fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was captured by Israeli agents in Argentina. He was returned to Israel for trial where he was found guilty and hanged. His body was incinerated and the ashes dumped far out into the Mediterranean Sea.

1967: Prior to the Six Day War (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century), Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran and blockaded Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba (see also Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).

1983: The first heart-lung transplant in Canada was performed, at University Hospital in London, Ontario.

1991: Israel began "Operation Solomon" - a 2 day airlift of 14,400 Ethiopian Jews out of Addis Ababa (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

2006: The Alaskan volcano Mount Cleveland erupted.


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