The Problem with Fools and Lazy People and the Problem with the Gossiper (27 of 32) by Harley Howard

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The Problem with Fools and Lazy People and the Problem with the Gossiper (27 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard
Proverbs 26: 1-28

12 out of 13 verses of this chapter is directed or dedicated to the foolishness of fools. It should be a chapter that we should remember for the sake of avoiding the lifestyle described in this chapter.

I believe that it is essential for us to once again, define the word fool that is used in these verses, they are all the same in the Hebrew language.

Fool: (LLX) stupidity, sluggishness, spiritually dull and inactive. Also associated with this word is ungodliness and impiety. Obstinate, one not moved by reason or counsel. When we speak of a person who is obstinate, we are talking about a person who is for the most part, close-minded, stiff-necked, and unrelenting. The fool is tenaciously unwilling to yield to reason or God's wisdom. Remember this definition in particular. It will play a vital role in our study.

1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool.

Snow in the summer is contrary to nature and rain in harvest is the wrong time for rain and will either hinder the gathering of crops or destroy the crops altogether. Placing a fool in a place of honor or treating a man or woman as if they deserve honor, is both contrary to what is right, and damaging to both the fool and others associated with the fool. There are quite a bit of fools in all areas of life who are tenaciously unwilling to yield to reason or God's wisdom, and as a result damage the lives of many people.

2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

A bird's unpredictable fluttering in flight so is an unjustified curse placed on a person. One great example of a useless curse is Balaam, who attempted to curse Israel, who did not deserve a curse, because they were walking with God. In fact, God turned the curse into a blessing. Numbers 23:7-8, 2 ...

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