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24 Characteristics of a Fool from the Wisest Man Solomon (Part One)

All of us from time to time encounter people who are hard to understand and hard to get along with. They behave foolishly. They talk foolishness. Are these things all in our heads or has it been this way since Bible times? No other book in the Bible talks about fools as much as the book of Proverbs,. It is only fitting that Solomon, the wisest man, should be the authority concerning what is foolishness. Here is the first of a two part series entitled “24 Characteristics of Fools From The Wisest Man Solomon.”

1. To allow your mind to dwell on foolishness is a sin

Prov. 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

(See 2 Cor. 10:5)

2. Fools hate knowledge and correction

Prov. 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov. 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

Prov. 15:5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Prov. 17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Prov. 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Prov. 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Prov. 17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. [Their eyes wander].

Prov. 14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

Prov. 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

3. Fools cannot understand wisdom easily

Prov. 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Prov. 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

4. It is very hard to correct a fool (They seem incorrigible).

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Prov. 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.

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

Prov. 27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

5. Physical punishment drives foolishness from children

Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

6. It may just work for fools too

Prov. 19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

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

7. Fools destroy themselves

Prov. 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Prov. 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Prov. 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Prov. 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

(See also Prov. 10:10)

Prov. 10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Prov. 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

8. Fools are destructive

Prov. 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Prov. 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Prov. 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool‘s wrath is heavier than them both.

9. Fools love noise and contention

Prov. 9:13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

One of the four things that disturb the earth according to Prov. 30:21,22 is “a fool when he is filled with meat.”

Prov. 18:6 A fool‘s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Prov. 29:9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

10. Fools make their parents sorrowful

Prov. 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Prov. 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Prov. 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Prov. 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

Prov. 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

11. Fools lie and are slanderous

Prov. 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Prov. 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Prov. 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

For Part Two see:

24 Characteristics Of Fools From The Wisest Man Solomon (Part Two)

For more on characteristics see:

7 Characteristics Of Lazy People In The Bible


Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on May 05, 2011:

Thank you for your diligent study on this! The Proverbs of Solomon minister so much to the saints today, just as they did way back then!! Can't wait to read the next one. God bless you and keep on studying and writing!!

shelpeare (author) on May 05, 2011:


Guyana Masala on May 03, 2011:

This was so hilarious...but, mainly because it is so true. You really coined it here. if part 1 was this accurate I'm looking forward to part 2...LOL

ladyt11 on May 03, 2011:

I agree with onegoodwoman! You are a very good writer(voted up also and I am now a follower!)

shelpeare (author) on May 01, 2011:

Thanks onegoodwoman.

onegoodwoman from A small southern town on May 01, 2011:

With all of the inventions, cures, progress of mankind, the human heart remains unchanged.

You were so eloquent in your presentation of this idea.

( voted up )

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