Proverbs 26 – Fools

It is the 26th day of  the month and that would mean we all should be in the 26th chapter of Proverbs.  I notice that as I reviewed this chapter the word Fool stood out in the whole chapter.

Theme: “Different Types of fools”

The foundation is Verse 1 and this is the one that I will use to examine this chapter, and it states, “Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.”

Fool define – a person who acts unwisely or imprudently, a silly person


Lesson #1: The Unwise and silly people found in this chapter

  • Fools (v.1)
  • People who curse those who don’t deserved it (v.2)
  • Lazy persons (v.13-16)
  • Interfering people (v.17)
  • People who lie to their friends (v.19)
  • Quarrelsome people (v.21)
  • People with wicked hearts (v.23)
  • People with hatred in their hearts (v.24)
  • People who set traps for others (v.27)
  • People who have a lying tongue (v.28)
  • People who use flattering words (v.28)

Lesson #2: Fools in general

  • Honor is not associated with them (v.1)
  • Guided by the rod on their back (v.3)
  • Full of foolish arguments (v.4)
  • Are wise in their own estimation (v.5)
  • Cutting of one’s feet or drinking poison is better than trusting a fool to convey a message (v.6)
  • As useless as a paralyzed leg is a proverb in the mouth of a fool (v.7)
  • Like an archer who shoots at random is an employer who hires a fool or bystander (v.10)
  • Just like a dog who returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his foolishness (v.11)
  • People who think they are wise prove that there is more hope for fools (v.12)

Lesson #3: Lazy people

  • Makes many claims of excuses that are unreal (v.13)
  • Lazy people turn over in bed just like a door swings back and forth on its hinges (v.14)
  • Lazy people are so lazy that they don’t even lift the food in their hand to their mouth (v.15)

Lesson #4: Interfering folks

  • Just as it is foolish to yank a dog’s ears so is interfering in someone else’s argument (v.17)

Lesson #5: Liars

  • One who lies to a friend is just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon (v.18)
  • A lying tongue and flattering words, hates its victims and causes ruin (v.28)

Lesson #6: Quarrelsome people

  • When a gossip stops the quarrels disappear (v.20)
  • Hot embers easily light charcoal or fire lights wood so do quarrelsome people start fights (v.21)

Lesson #7: Hateful people

  • Use smooth words to hide a wicked heart (v.23)
  • Some cover their hatred with pleasant words (v.24)
  • They use deception  to deceive others (v.24)
  • They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them (v.25)
  • Their hearts are full of many evils (v.25)
  • They use trickery to conceal their hatred, but their wrongdoing will be exposed in public (v.26)

Lesson #8: Trap setters

  • Get caught in the trap that they set for others (v.27)
  • They are crush by the very boulder they rolled down on others (v.27)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 26:12 “There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.”

In one way or another these different types of fools are simpletons, and I wish I could tell you that I  have not had any of these issues.  Of course that would be a lie. That means that I need to repent  and run to prayer time.

How about you, see anything here that you may need to repent of, get rid of, and pray about?  Just Do it! No pun intended.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer Time!


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