The Wise Fool
Can a Fool Take Advice?
We are born into this world shrouded with innocence in our feeble statures as tiny tots, placed under our parents’ tutelage for refuge, sustenance, guidance and upkeep, not knowing what is good or evil, right or wrong, opening our mouths to whatever comes our way, as if ready to embrace all as good, until teenage overtakes us, soon to realize our reasoning abilities, and capability to answer back to our parents, giving hints of independence as we claim our rights, while blaming them for bringing us into this world, as if they had an option on the type of child they would have liked to have.
A mumble here, a grumble there, and behold, the child has become an adult, with loose morals, no sense of direction, wild in their own ways, and full of the wisdom of this world. The wisdom of fools, which has begotten the wise fool. If they could have lent an ear to senior citizens who have been seasoned with salt, the folly may have been nipped in the bud before flourishing to ruin an otherwise innocent child. A child who was just a baby, but now grown into an independent person. Had the rod not been spared, the child would not have gone to ruin. The potter’s words come to mind saying “There is a type of folly in a child that can only be removed by a cane”.
But the sage says “Come, let us reason together”. Will they have patience enough to take heed of wise sayings?
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Psalms and Proverbs
King James Bible says:
Psalms 14:1 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.
Psalms 49:10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
Psalms 92:6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Proverbs 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
Proverbs 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Proverbs 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Proverbs 12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
Proverbs 13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
Proverbs 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Proverbs 15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
Proverbs 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Proverbs 17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Proverbs 18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Proverbs 19:10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
Proverbs 26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
Proverbs 26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
Proverbs 27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Proverbs 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Proverbs 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Proverbs 30:22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
Ecclesiastes 6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (KJV)
Good citizens all over the world know that law has its basis in scripture. May the Almighty deliver us wisdom. For in purporting to be wise, we became fools. The wise fools.