Today, we’ll begin looking at Solomon’s portrait of the wise man and the fool. These are general categories, and they overlap some of the other portraits we’ll look at later in this series.
Pro 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Pro 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
Pro 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Pro 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Pro 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Pro 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Pro 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
Pro 9:8-10 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. (9) Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (10) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Pro 29:9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
Only The Teachable Will Be Wise
According to Proverbs 8:33, you need to hear instruction to be wise. Only by listening to counsel and teaching will you be wise in the end. A wise person takes sin seriously, and obeys God’s commands. When he is confronted about sin, he fears God and departs from evil.
This is a problem for the fool, since he hates knowledge. Why is that? Because the fool is a know-it-all who doesn’t need anyone to tell him what to do. His way is the right way, so what could anyone else add to his knowledge? When a fool seems to be looking for advice, what he really wants is to hear the echo of his own voice. That’s one reason he won’t seek out wise counsel.
Pro 15:12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
If you’re dealing with a fool, be prepared for him to hate you if you try to straighten him out – it’s the nature of the beast.
What About You?
- Are you teachable?
- Or do you get mad when people try to give you advice?