fool, foolishness, folly

fool, foolishness, folly

Terms referring to the lack of wisdom. In general, a fool in the Bible is a person who lives life as if God and God’s will were of no consequence: “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God’” (Ps 14:1; Ps 53:1; Prov 1:7). Fools can be recognized by various characteristics: lack of intelligence or experience, sometimes without being aware of it (Prov 12:15; Eccl 5:1; Luke 12:20); an inability to be cautious in speech (Prov 18:6-7); or pursuing courses of conduct or action that ultimately prove to be harmful (2Sam 24:10). In Matt 5:22, however, Jesus warns that anyone who calls a brother or sister a “fool” is in danger of eternal punishment.

Ps 14:1

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Ps 53:1

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Prov 1:7

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Prov 12:15

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Eccl 5:1

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Luke 12:20

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Prov 18:6-7

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2Sam 24:10

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Matt 5:22

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