I've been trying to read a Proverb a day for a little over a year now, and I've been noticing some reoccurring themes that I am beginning to study. I noticed there are some really strong statements about how a fool behaves, and how a wise person behaves. I wondered what God's definition of a fool/wise person was. I wondered which one I acted more like. Obviously, I hope to be wise, to live as one who is wise, so in (the many) areas where I have fallen short I go to the Refiner, my Redeemer, my Strength, the One Who Saves, and we have been working on these things together.
I journal about what the Holy Spirit shows me, about what parts convict me/bother me, and it has really shaped my prayer life. If you have time to write down some thoughts/prayers I encourage you to do so!
Since "all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work"( 2 Timothy 3:16-17) view these "definitions" as a test, as a training session. How are you doing?
Definitions from Proverbs -- Fool or Wise?
vs. 5 "the wise listen and add to their learning"
vs. 7 " fools despise wisdom and discipline"
vs.22 "fools hate knowledge"
vs. 32 "the complacency of fools will destroy them"
vs. 8 "rebuke a wise man and he will love you"
vs. 9 "Instruct a wise man and he will be
vs. 12 "If you are wise, your wisdom will reward
you; if you are a mocker,you alone will suffer."
vs. 13 " the woman Folly is loud; she is
undisciplined and without knowledge."
vs. 1 " A foolish son brings grief to his mother"
vs. 1 "A wise son brings joy to his father"
vs. 5 "he who gathers crops in summer
is a wise son"
vs. 8 " A chattering fool comes to ruin"
vs. 8"the wise in heart accept commands"
vs. 10 " A chattering fool comes to ruin"
vs. 14 " wise men store up knowledge"
vs. 18 " whoever spreads slander is a fool"
vs. 19 "when words are many, sin is not
absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise"
vs. 21 " fools die for lack of judgement"
vs. 23 " A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct"
vs. 29 "the fool will be servant to the wise"
vs. 30 "he who wins souls is wise"
vs. 15a "the way of a fool seems right to him..."
vs. 15b "... but a wise man listens to advice."
vs. 16 " A fool shows his annoyance at once, but
a prudent man overlooks an insult."
vs. 23 " the heart of fools blurts out folly"
vs. 1 " a wise son heeds his father's instruction"
vs. 10 "wisdom is found is those who take advice"
vs. 16 " a fool exposes his folly"
vs. 19 " fools detest turning from evil"
vs. 20 " a companion of fools suffers harm"
vs. 20 " he who walks with the wise grows wise"
vs. 1a "A wise woman builds her house..."
vs. 1b " ... but with her own hands the foolish
tears hers down."
vs. 3 " a fool's talk brings a rod to his back"
vs. 3 " the lips of the wise protect them"
vs. 7 " you will not find knowledge on his
(the foolish man's) lips"
vs. 9 " fools mock at making amends for sin"
vs. 16 " a fool is hotheaded and reckless"
vs. 16 " a wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil"
vs. 2 "the tongue of the wise commends knowledge"
vs. 2 " the mouth of fools gushes folly"
vs. 5 " a fool spurns his father's discipline"
vs. 20 " a foolish man despises his mother"
vs. 20 " a wise son brings joy to his father"
vs. 23 " a wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction."
It is humbling.
Part 2 of Definitions of Fool/Wise coming soon.