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Folly - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 14 of 26
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Proverbs 14:24
May 04, 1988 am - FOLLY DEFINED. "Folly" and its equivilents are used often and variously in this Book of Proverbs. But its fundamental meaning remains constant. "Folly", then may be defined in two words, "Wilful ignorance". A "fool", therefore, is not simply "uninstructed", but "uninstructable". In describing it, the authors employ three Hebrew words which reveal its true nature: The most common is KESIL, which means "dullness or stupidity". But why is this fool so ignorant? Is he mentally deficient? Has he no opportunity to learn? Sadly, the true cause of his folly cannot be traced to his brain or circumstances, but to an obstinacy against wisdom. He intentionally rejects knowledge and imbibes error. "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge" (1:22). Another word is EWIL, which greatly emphasizes the wilfulness of this state. The fool, not only prefers folly to wisdom, but literally "vomits out the former, and gorges himself on the latter." "The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness" (15:2). "The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools ... More >>>


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