Portraits from Proverbs (08)


How do you know if you’re a fool? How do you know if you’re dealing with a fool? One of the fastest ways to tell is by what they say.

Bible Reading

Pro 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Pro 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Pro 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Pro 18:6-7 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. (7) A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

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

The Fool’s Words – Echoes From An Empty Mind

One of the first evidences a fool gives is that they talk a lot. (After all, they know everything, so why not share it?) The wise person, though, doesn’t tell all he knows. The wise lay up knowledge. They speak it in due season. They use well the wisdom they’ve laid up.

Fools don’t just talk too much, what they say isn’t valuable. Their quantity doesn’t make up for their lack of quality. One of the common themes in the fool’s conversation is contention – conflict and a call for judgment. The irony is, their words will bring judgment on them.

What About You?

  • Do you have a reputation for talking a lot?
  • Is it possible that the pain you’re experiencing is sending you the message that you need to change your behavior?

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