The legs of the lame are not equal: so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, [and] drinketh damage.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
[There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
[It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.
A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.
A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.
Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so [is] he that giveth honour to a fool.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.
The words of a wise man's mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
[If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly.
The great [God] that formed all [things] both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
[As] a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so [is] a parable in the mouth of fools.
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.
He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked [man getteth] himself a blot.
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.
Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude [of the wicked]: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.
Remember this, [that] the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and [that] the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
Psalms 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: [there is] none that doeth good.
Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing.
For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.
The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not [in him] the lips of knowledge.
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
[It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.
Wise [men] lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish [is] near destruction.
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod [is] for the back of him that is void of understanding.
He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant.
Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: and [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another.
Related Topics and Bible Verses
Heb. Kesil; i.e., "the fool", the name of a constellation (Job
9:9; 38:31; Amos 5:8) consisting of about eighty stars. The
Vulgate renders thus, but the LXX. renders by Hesperus, i.e.,
"the evening-star," Venus. The Orientals "appear to have
conceived of this constellation under the figure of an impious
giant bound upon the sky." This giant was, according to
tradition, Nimrod, the type of the folly that contends against
God. In Isa. 13:10 the plural form of the Hebrew word is
Baptism for the dead
only mentioned in 1 Cor. 15:29. This expression as used by the
apostle may be equivalent to saying, "He who goes through a
baptism of blood in order to join a glorified church which has
no existence [i.e., if the dead rise not] is a fool." Some also
regard the statement here as an allusion to the strange practice
which began, it is said, to prevail at Corinth, in which a
person was baptized in the stead of others who had died before
being baptized, to whom it was hoped some of the benefits of
that rite would be extended. This they think may have been one
of the erroneous customs which Paul went to Corinth to "set in
a cluster of stars, or stars which appear to be near each other
in the heavens, and which astronomers have reduced to certain
figures (as the "Great Bear," the "Bull," etc.) for the sake of
classification and of memory. In Isa. 13:10, where this word
only occurs, it is the rendering of the Hebrew _kesil_, i.e.,
"fool." This was the Hebrew name of the constellation Orion (Job
9:9; 38:31), a constellation which represented Nimrod, the
symbol of folly and impiety. The word some interpret by "the
giant" in this place, "some heaven-daring rebel who was chained
to the sky for his impiety."