The Way of a Fool

As a way to get ready for today’s blog, I went to the American Bible Society website, choose the NABRE version of the Bible, including the Deuterocanonicals and did a word search on “fool.” The search results showed there were 219 verses related to the word “fool.”  

Who knew the Bible had so much today about how we are foolish in different situations?  

Here are some verses for you to contemplate to avoid being a fool on April first, or any other day!

Proverbs 12:15, The way of fools is right in their own eyes,but those who listen to advice are the wise.

Proverbs 17:16, Of what use is money in the hands of fools when they have no heart to acquire wisdom?

Jeremiah 17:11, A partridge that broods but does not hatch are those who acquire wealth unjustly: In midlife it will desert them; in the end they are only fools.

Proverbs 10:8, A wise heart accepts commands, but a babbling fool will be overthrown.

Proverbs 20:3, A person gains honor by avoiding strife, while every fool starts a quarrel.

Sirach 22:9, Teaching a fool is like gluing a broken pot, or rousing another from deep sleep.


Ecclesiastes 7:7, Extortion can make a fool out of the wise, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

Proverbs 10:14, The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool is imminent ruin.


Proverbs 14:16, The wise person is cautious and turns from evil; the fool is reckless and gets embroiled.

Proverbs 15:5, The fool spurns a father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 21:20, Precious treasure and oil are in the house of the wise, but the fool consumes them.


Sirach 27:11, The conversation of the godly is always wisdom, but the fool changes like the moon.


Isaiah 32:6, For the fool speaks folly, his heart plans evil: Godless actions, perverse speech against the Lord, Letting the hungry go empty and the thirsty without drink.


Matthew 3:26, And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.


Proverbs 8:5, You naive ones, gain prudence, you fools, gain sense.

Proverbs 17:24, On the countenance of a discerning person is wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.


Psalms 49:11, Indeed, he will see that the wise die, and the fool will perish together with the senseless, and they leave their wealth to others.


Psalms 53:2, The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They act corruptly and practice injustice; there is none that does good.

Proverbs 3:35, The wise will possess glory, but fools will bear shame.

Proverbs 13:16, The shrewd always act prudently but the foolish parade folly.

Proverbs 27:22, Though you pound fools with a pestle, their folly never leaves them.



Sirach 21:14, A fool’s mind is like a broken jar: it cannot hold any knowledge at all.

2 Timothy 2:23, Avoid foolish and ignorant debates, for you know that they breed quarrels.

Proverbs 9:6, Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.

Proverbs 14:17, The quick-tempered make fools of themselves, and schemers are hated.


Psalms 74:18, Remember how the enemy has jeered, Lord, how a foolish people has reviled your name.

Proverbs 26:4, Do not answer fools according to their folly, lest you too become like them.

Proverbs 30:32, If you have foolishly been proud or presumptuous—put your hand on your mouth.

Ephesians 5:15, Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise.

Proverbs 1:7, Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 10:21, The lips of the just nourish many, but fools die for want of sense.

Proverbs 13:20, Walk with the wise and you become wise, but the companion of fools fares badly.


Proverbs 14:7, Go from the face of the fool; you get no knowledge from such lips.


Proverbs 15:2, The tongue of the wise pours out knowledge, but the mouth of fools spews folly.


Proverbs 17:28, Even fools, keeping silent, are considered wise; if they keep their lips closed, intelligent.


Proverbs 18:2, Fools take no delight in understanding, but only in displaying what they think.

Ecclesiastes 7:9, Do not let anger upset your spirit, for anger lodges in the bosom of a fool.

Ecclesiastes 10:2, The wise heart turns to the right; the foolish heart to the left.


Proverbs 18:7, The mouths of fools are their ruin; their lips are a deadly snare.

Proverbs 28:26, Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are safe.


Sirach 21:16, A fool’s chatter is like a load on a journey, but delight is to be found on the lips of the intelligent.


Sirach 21:26, The mind of fools is in their mouths, but the mouth of the wise is in their mind.

Sirach 22:11, Weep over the dead, for their light has gone out; weep over the fool, for sense has left him. Weep but less bitterly over the dead, for they are at rest; worse than death is the life of a fool.

1 Peter 2:15, For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorance of foolish people.

Jeremiah 5:21, Pay attention to this, you foolish and senseless people, Who have eyes and do not see, who have ears and do not hear.

Proverbs 16:22, Good sense is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly is the training of fools.

1 Corinthians 1:18, The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


1 Corinthians 1:20, Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?

Posted in Bible Quotes, Honesty, Lent

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