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The Books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & The Song of Solomon in The Bible are all credited to “the wisest man that ever lived”, who had “the wisdom of Solomon”. Perhaps this is because of the many mistakes he made during his life, “a wise man learning from his mistakes”. Perhaps Proverbs were written as he was learning, Ecclesiastes is the result of what he learned, and Song of Solomon is what he learned was MOST important through it all – Love!
In any case, wisdom is certainly written there. They say “a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others”, and it used to be my custom to read one chapter a day from Proverbs (there are 31 chapters). I think most of our best “lessons in life” however we have to learn for ourselves “the hard way”, in other words “what NOT to do”. This has certainly proven true in my case at least.
Usually, when one of “life’s lessons” is presented to me it comes at me totally by surprise, “out of left field” and I am completely bowled over by it, or I miss it completely. My Dad loves me so much however that He doesn’t want me to miss anything, so He usually gives me “a second chance”, this time with a “heads up” first, so I can be ready and prepared to get all I can out of the experience. I usually fail at this too, even with the “warning”. I think He knows how stupid I am, but He still loves me anyway and wants me to “pass”, so finally He comes along with the text book and allows me to take “an open book exam”, in other words He GIVES me the answers! Thank God eh?
Subsequently I have come to rely on HIS wisdom, in everything, and if I get stuck now I simply “ask Him everything”. It works for me anyway! 😀
(By the way, the Books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon are not just about wisdom or foolishness, but actually give wise instruction about every aspect of what we call “human nature”. Just take a look and see for yourself “whether these things be so”.)
Tomorrow is April 1st, and a dear friend of mine posted the following on-line just today, so I’m sharing it here. Hope it helps…
Who’s a Fool?
By Peter Amsterdam
April 1st is commonly known as April Fool’s Day in a variety of countries around the world.1 My outlook on April Fool’s Day and who was the real fool changed when I was quite young. One year, my older brother played an April Fool’s joke on our family that backfired. It just so happened that on that particular night our family dinner was steak with all of the trimmings, which was a rather special dinner in our household. After the plates were served and everyone started eating, my brother cried out “April Fool’s!” He had put sugar in the salt shaker, and everyone had therefore salted their steaks with sugar. I have to say no one thought it was funny—least of all my dad, who was pretty upset. I remember thinking, Hmmm, in this case I think my brother might have been the fool. I don’t remember playing April Fool’s pranks after that, as it seemed wiser to have someone play the prank on me rather than the other way around.
While the “fool” in April Fool’s isn’t a “fool” in any of the biblical senses, the coming of April Fool’s Day got me thinking about what Scripture says about fools.
The verse that generally comes to mind when I think about this is, The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”2 Of course, there are many seekers who are searching for answers to the meaning of life and who don’t believe in or are unsure of the existence of God. These aren’t the people the Scripture is referring to as fools. Rather it is those who have rejected God and refuse to give Him any place in their lives.
The Hebrew word translated as fool in this verse is nabal (naw-BAWL), which is translated as foolish and senseless in the following verses:
They have dealt corruptly with him [God]; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation. Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people?3
Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and a foolish people reviles your name … Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!4
It’s also the word used by Job when he called his wife a foolish woman after she told him to curse God and die.5
So when nabal is used for someone who is foolish, it’s a strong word indicating someone who has rejected God.
But that isn’t the only kind of fool spoken of in the Bible. Other Hebrew words are also translated as fool or foolish which have slightly different meanings. One of them is pĕthiy (pethEE), which is translated as naïve, simple, and foolish. The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.6
Another word translated as fool/foolish is ’eviyl (ev-EEL), which has the definition of one who despises wisdom, who mocks when he is guilty, who is quarrelsome or licentious. The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.7
A further word translated as fool is kĕciyl (ka-seal), meaning a stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton. Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.8
As believers, we aren’t fools in the sense of nabal, since we believe in God. However, nabal is used only in eighteen of the over three hundred references to fool, foolishness, and folly and their synonyms. It’s possible for us to be fools or foolish in the sense of the other words translated as fool. We can be naïve, simple, quarrelsome, licentious, or act stupidly.
The book of Proverbs portrays foolishness and folly as the opposite of wisdom, and the fool as the opposite of a wise person. Being aware of what Scripture tells us about the wise and foolish enables us to test our actions and attitudes to judge whether we are acting wisely or foolishly.
Here is a selection of verses from the book of Proverbs which contrast the wise and foolish. I find it helpful to hold up my actions and attitudes against these and other verses and to ask myself how I may be acting wisely or as a fool. I’ve used the New Living Translation Bible version here, as it renders these proverbs in contemporary language.
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.9
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.10
The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.11
Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.12
Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.13
Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.14
The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.15
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.16
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe.17
Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.18
Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.19
Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.20
Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.21
Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.22
As Christians, we want to live in accordance with the teaching of Scripture, as those who are wise and not foolish. We want to be salt and light in this world; we want to reflect God’s wisdom and love. To do this, we each should, as the apostle Paul said:
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.23
1 April Fool’s Day is a time when people play practical jokes on others. The person upon whom the joke is played is called the April Fool.
2 Psalm 14:1 ESV.
3 Deuteronomy 32:5–6.
4 Psalm 74:18,22 ESV.
5 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:9–10.
6 Proverbs 22:3.
7 Proverbs 10:8.
8 Proverbs 10:23.
9 Proverbs 12:15.
10 Proverbs 12:16.
11 Proverbs 10:8.
12 Proverbs 10:14.
13 Proverbs 13:16.
14 Proverbs 10:23.
15 Proverbs 14:16.
16 Proverbs 20:3.
17 Proverbs 14:3.
18 Proverbs 17:24.
19 Proverbs 18:2.
20 Proverbs 19:1.
21 Proverbs 23:9.
22 Proverbs 29:11.
23 Ephesians 5:15 NIV.
(Following is a message I received from a dear friend, with my answer following. – For anyone who might be interested.)
Have you ever read this… Planes para el NWO desenmascarados en 1969 –it’s here:
I recommend you to do it! Why?… In your post you mentioned:
“Here is a selection of verses from the book of Proverbs which contrast the wise and foolish. I find it helpful to hold up my actions and attitudes against these and other verses and to ask myself how I may be acting wisely or as a fool. I’ve used the New Living Translation Bible version here, as it renders these proverbs in contemporary language.”
Well, I recommend you not to do that, not to use this new Bible Translations, why…?
In those Plans Exposed by Dr. Lawrence Dunegan, among other things he exposed this:
CHANGING THE BIBLE THROUGH REVISIONS OF KEY WORDS…” (See link above for the complete article)
Hi Rafael! GBY and thanks so much for the article and your comment re: translations.
It will take me some time to go through the article. A brief look at the table of contents certainly has whet my appetite and it will probably confirm many things we already know. Fun!
About translations – just so you know, I totally agree with you. I personally prefer the KJV and only use that one myself, trusting the Holy Spirit to do any “interpreting” for me. In this case however, mostly for speed, I simply copied and pasted Peter’s post from the TFI site.
My sites are GP, and geared more towards my many friends who are NOT TFI, or even “believers”. I tend to use them as part of my outreach, but I prefer not to “preach” through them in a “traditional” sense. My hope and intention is that contemporary news and relevant topics, as explained from scripture knowledge and a spiritual perspective, will be a nice “meaty bait” that will hook folks on the fact that God, Jesus and His Word are very real indeed and can be trusted, as well as awakening them to the reality of the spiritual warfare the world is subject to, hopefully answering the many questions that folks may have as to “Why?”. There is plenty of “normal” Christian material around and available for anyone who wants it but, as David said, there are very few who have the perspective that we do through our knowledge of His Word, and especially Endtime prophecy.
Perhaps I will post an up-date/amendment on my site and explain this, when I can get to it. At the very least I will probably post the article you sent, as soon as I have looked it over. There certainly seems to be a more conscious awareness these days throughout the world that “something’s wrong with this picture” doesn’t there? My purpose is to show people why, so that they may see that there IS The Truth “out there”, so that folks may “come to a knowledge” of it and be set free from “the father of lies”, “the god of this world”.
I tend to think that only “the people that do know their God” are “strong” and able to “do exploits”, and this comes through a knowledge of Him, His Word, and Ways of course. However, those who DON’T know Him will usually struggle with His Word in the FIRST place, usually missing the point entirely, or at best “wresting the scriptures” and getting lost. Even those of us that DO know Him struggle sometimes don’t we? “It is wise to be simple, knowledge is not it” and “asking Him everything” really helps solve that problem for us all doesn’t it? 😊
I believe the Holy Spirit is MORE than able to guide those genuinely seeking “into all Truth”, even through, or with, a “questionable” translation, so I don’t think an occasional use of one is going to harm that much. It might even help some. Everyone has to start somewhere don’t they? We are not all the same, and I know He is very personal with each of us, and knows exactly what each and every one of us needs. Babes start out on milk, not steak after all, eh?
I remember the first time I EVER read The Bible (KJV). It was right after praying and receiving Jesus. Getting to know Him, personally, or rather getting to know that He knew ME, was something I didn’t even know was possible. But “it happened”! 😊 Then I was invited to read from the Gospel of John, starting at the beginning of the first chapter. It was like being fucked, like eating at a full banquet! I could only get as far as the 14th verse and I had to stop. I was full, completely satiated. It was so DEEP! But now I was “hooked”, like an addict, and after recovering a little I had to have more, and more, and more! Nothing makes more sense than His direct, personal and immediate instruction, counsel, guidance and explanations, etc does it? It’s all there, for anyone who wants it, right? Whew! It’s like “a workout” isn’t it? The more you do it, the stronger you get. You move on from “milk” to “meat”, and personally “I love it!” 😊 Anyway… (Maybe I’ll post this as my explanation!? 😊)
Thanks again Rafael, and lots of love is sent your way to you and yours!