by Ron Cox

The Picture of a Fool
Ron Cox
Proverbs 26: 1-12

Proverbs 26:1-12 - As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight. 3 A whip for the horse, A bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the fool's back. 4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. 6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. 7 Like the legs of the lame that hang limp Is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling Is he who gives honor to a fool. 9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard Is a proverb in the mouth of fools. 10 The great God who formed everything Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages. 11 As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly. 12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

1. The goal of Proverbs is to give wisdom...
a. To know wisdom and instruction - Proverbs 1:1-2 - The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,
b. To receive the instruction of wisdom - Proverbs 1:3 - To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity; (integrity)

2. One way to learn about something is to consider its opposite...
a. Want to understand what is wisdom? Then know what is folly!
b. Want to be wise? Then don't be a fool!

[In studying the wisdom of Proverbs, then, we learn much about "The Fool." Exactly what is a fool...?]


A. THE HEBREW WORD... one that despises wisdom. Turns his back on God.

An adjective meaning foolish in the sense of one who hates wisdom and walks in folly, despising wisdom and morality --- A fool despises wisdom and walks in folly

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