Are You Wise or Foolish?


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10



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The Wise: help others with good advise
The Foolish: lack judgment

The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgment.

Proverbs 10:21



The Wise: enjoy wisdom
The Foolish: enjoy foolishness

A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.

Proverbs 10:23



The Wise: cautious with reason
The Foolish: gulible

A simple man believes anything,
but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

Proverbs 14:15



The Foolish: avoid the wise

A mocker resents correction, he will not consult the wise.

Proverbs 15:12



The Wise: seek knowledge
The Foolish: feed on foolishness

The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 15:14



The Wise: value wisdom above riches

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to choose understanding rather than silver!

Proverbs 16:16



The Wise: receive life
The Foolish: receive punishment

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,
but folly brings punishment to fools.

Proverbs 16:22



The Wise: respond to correction
The Foolish: respond to punishment

A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Proverbs 17:10



The Wise: pursue wisdom
The Foolish: pursue illusive dreams

A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:24



The Foolish: blame failure on God

A man's own folly ruins his life,
yet his heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:3



The Wise: profit from correction
The Foolish: an example to others

Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.

Proverbs 19:25



The Foolish: are proud and arrogant

The proud and arrogant man--'Mocker' is his name;
he behaves with overweening pride.

Proverbs 21:24



The Foolish: scorn good advise

Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.

Proverbs 23:9



The Foolish: make truth useless

Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Proverbs 26:7



The Foolish: repeat their folly

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Proverbs 26:11



The Wise: trust in wisdom
The Foolish: trust in themselves

He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.

Proverbs 28:26



The Wise: control their anger
The Foolish: unleash their anger

A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.

Proverbs 29:11



The Wise: admired as counselors
The Foolish: beaten as servants

Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

Proverbs 10:13



The Wise: rewarded with knowledge
The Foolish: inherit folly

The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 14:18



The Foolish: cause strife and quarrels

Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.

Proverbs 22:10



The Foolish: receive no honor

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.

Proverbs 26:1



The Wise: keep peace
The Foolish: stir up anger

Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.

Proverbs 29:8



The Wise: stay on straight paths
The Foolish: go the wrong way

Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,
but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

Proverbs 15:21



The Foolish: lash out when discovered in folly

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

Proverbs 17:12



The Foolish: endangered by their words

A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
A fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:6 - 7



The Wise: their wisdom conquers others strength

A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and
pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.

Proverbs 21:22



The Wise: avoid wicked paths
The Foolish: walk a troublesome path

In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares,
but he who guards his soul stays far from them.

Proverbs 22:5



The Wise: have great advise

A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.

Proverbs 24:5



The Foolish: will never be chosen as counselors

Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.

Proverbs 24:7



The Foolish: must be guided by hardship

A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!

Proverbs 26:3



The Foolish: persist in foolishness

Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove his folly from him.

Proverbs 27:22



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