Portraits from Proverbs (10)


No one lives in a vacuum – not even a fool. And, as we’ll see, the impact of foolishness often impacts those closest to us.

Bible Reading

Pro 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Pro 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Pro 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Pro 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Pro 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

Pro 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Feeling For a Fool

If you could put all the world’s fools together in a big padded room and lock the door behind them, then they would only hurt each other. But, since we don’t have a room any where near big enough, they get to roam about, inflicting pain to the people around them.

The first to feel that pain are the parents. A wise son makes his father glad, but the father of a fool has no joy. The fool is heaviness to his mother. And, with a fool’s pride, he will usually blame them for the friction between them.

When the fool grows up, they get to make a mess of a family of their very own. The foolish woman tears down her family. She drives her husband crazy like a dripping faucet.

What About You?

  • Is there a lot a friction in your family?
  • Is it possible that you’re contributing to the trouble at home?

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