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The Fool Invites Ruin

Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. Points to be noted here are simple but also profound!

The type of character disorder is not the buffoon-jester-clown type of fool who plays the "fool" with conscious intentionality. But, the kind that consciously has no recognition of being a fool and hence, acts out his folly against himself and others—usually under the guise of decent or even lofty ideals.

Shame is an intolerable narcissistic wound to the sort of person who deserves the epithet of "fool." Hence, the fool denies the accountability and holds the destructive rage behind it. Reaction formations of idealism are erected, but they fail to prevent violent acts. The fool does not believe in the reality of forgiveness but instead becomes the trigger to other negative emotions like violence and dishonesty.

Essentially, the fool is nihilistic; his seeming idealism and seeming possession of humane convictions sometimes permit him to obtain power, such as political power, but he is very prone to betray any trust reposed in him. Because of his fundamental dishonesty, the fool seldom entertains any form of treatment or help offered.


Wise men store up knowledge: Wise men (Heb. chachamim) are ones who are skillful, clever, intelligent, and experienced, with the capacity for understanding and discernment, who are to be trusted to guide and advise. Knowledge (Heb. daath) is the possession of information learned by personal experience, observation, or study. The Bible strongly urges us to seek and treasure accurate knowledge, as it is far superior to all else that one could ever acquire. Throughout the book of Proverbs, we are encouraged to store up knowledge, to gain knowledge, which shows us the importance of knowledge.

But the mouth of a fool brings ruin near: The Hebrew word rendered mouth (peh) has the sense of one who is babbling here, namely the words of a foolish person, which is in stark contrast to the knowledge of wise men. The wise men from line one hold onto their knowledge, storing it up, saving it for when it is very much needed, while the mouth, i.e., words, of the fool is freely given to the point of nausea, which ends in ruin. Fools (Heb. kesil) hate knowledge as they lack good judgment. Their character is stupidity, rudeness, that is, one who completely lacks understanding, who is rebellious in his ways. (Prov. 1:22) Foolishness: (Heb. ivveleth) of the foolish one, who has the trait of acting stupidly or rashly because he is devoid of wisdom or understanding, the Hebrew noun focusing on the evil behaviors which occur in this state. (Prov. 5:23) Ruin (Heb. mechitzah) is a state of devastation and destruction to one's health and peace that is heading toward or in and out of a life of hardship in despair and disgrace that seems always to be present.

Proverbs 10:14 encourages us to fill our minds with the upbuilding knowledge of God. There is but one source, which the apostle Paul pointed us to when he wrote, "God inspires all Scripture and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be fully competent, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We must see the knowledge of God for the treasure that it is and dig deeper into the Word of God.

The wise man will do what is right in the eyes of God, and his impact on others is evident wherever he is. Through his example, possessing much spiritual food in the way of a well-chosen Christian is to be followed. He is a man of great integrity, and he feels secure in his walk with God, as he knows that he has the approval of God. May we, too, seek knowledge as though it were a hid treasure, seek righteousness by conforming our lives to the knowledge that we discover, helping us to determine what God's standards of good and evil are.

PLEASE PRAY WITH ME: Holy Father, omniscient and merciful, you are my everything. Bless me with your knowledge and your ways so that I may be able to share your word with complete clarity and essence. Lord, help me hold myself and my pride from speaking strong and hurtful words to others. Instead, fill my heart and mind with your Holy Spirit so that they may know you, O' Loving Father. In the holiest name of my Lord and Savior, Yeshua, I pray -- AMEN.



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