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The book of Proverbs introduces us to at least four different kinds or types of fools. Their are those who are simple minded but still teachable, those who are have hardened their hearts on being foolish, those who are arrogant and reject chances to be wise and those who are brutish.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (Proverbs 1:7)

22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. (1:22)

13 The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge. 14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, 15 calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way. 16 "Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment. 17 "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!" 18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave. (9:13 - 18)

23 Smart people keep quiet about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance. (12:23)

19 How good it is to get what you want! Stupid people refuse to turn away from evil. (13:19)

1 The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands. (14:1)

3. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. (14:3)

World's Wit and Wisdom
Those who never retract their opinions
lovethemselves more than
they love the truth.
Joseph Joubert, 1754 - 1824

Fortune favors the bold
but abandons the timid.
Latin Proverb

6. Forsake the foolish and live; and go in the way of understanding. (9:6)

7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:7)

17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. (14:17 - 18)

20 A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother. (15:20)

25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him. (17:25)

28. Even a fool, when he is silent, is counted wise, and he who shuts his lips is counted as a man of understanding. (17:28)

World's Wit and Wisdom
He who says there is no such thing
as an honest man, you may be sure
is himself a knave.
George Berkeley, 1685 - 1753

Jesters do oft prove prophets.
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616

13 He who answers before listening - that is his folly and his shame. (18:13)

1. Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips . . . (19:1)

3 The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the LORD. 13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father . . . (19:3, 13)

29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools. (19:29)

1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. (20:1)

20 There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it. (21:20)

9 The devising of foolishness is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men. (24:9)

9. If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rages or laughs, there is no rest. (29:9)

32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth. (30:32)

4. Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. (Proverbs 26:4)

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