6/10/2021 Wednesday
Fool or Wise
Can you tell the difference?
How do pigs and sheep differ?
• They differ in skin, build, noise, likes, food, digestion, etc.
• We can tell the difference between these animals, but how well can we tell the difference
between a Fool and a Wise Person.
• This evening we are going to examine their interaction with their Parents.
Fools and their Parents
• (Proverbs 10:1) “The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son
is the heaviness of his mother.” He is a grief to his mother.
• (Proverbs 15:5) “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is
prudent.” He cannot stand the instruction (i.e., discipline, chastening) his father gives him.
• (Proverbs 15:20) “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.”
He treats his mother as if she is rotten and worthless.
Fools and their Parents
• (Proverbs 17:21) “He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath
no joy.” Giving birth to a fool causes his mother great grief and gives his father no reason to
rejoice. The foolish child breaks their hearts.
• (Proverbs 17:25) “A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.” He
is a vexation, grief, or frustration to his father. He gives his mother bitter sorrow.
• (Proverbs 19:13) “A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are
a continual dropping.” He is a destructive ruin to his father. The fighting wife may also be
destructive to her father.
Fools and their Parents
• (Proverbs 28:7) “Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous
men shameth his father.” [Being opposite to a wise son. Same in next verse.] Here the
“unwise” son makes friends with riotous or worthless men. This shames his father.
• (Proverbs 29:15) “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his
mother to shame.” The parents of the “unwise” child let him do as he pleased rather than
disciplining him. Therefore, his sinful nature caused him to shame his mother.
Wise Persons and their Parents
• (Proverbs 10:1) “The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son
is the heaviness of his mother.” This wise son brings joy and gladness to his father.
• (Proverbs 13:1) “A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not
rebuke.” It is wise to hear and obey the instruction (lit. discipline, correction).
• (Proverbs 15:5) “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is
prudent.“ The wise son keeps or observes verbal reproof from his parents.
Wise Persons and their Parents
• (Proverbs 15:20) “A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.”
This is the same as Pr 10:1 except that here it contrasts one who despises.
• (Proverbs 19:14) “House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from
the LORD.” To be prudent is to act wisely. This wisdom cannot be inherited. Such a wife is a
gift from God.
Wise Persons and their Parents
• (Proverbs 23:24-25) “The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a
wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare
thee shall rejoice.” This wise son is skilful, prudent, or learned and this gives his parents
great joy. His wisdom is evidence that his parents were successful in their child-rearing
efforts.
Wise Persons and their Parents
• (Proverbs 28:7) “Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous
men shameth his father.” When a son choose to keep, guard or observe both is father’s law
and God’s law instead of choosing worthless friends, this makes him wise.
• (Proverbs 29:3) “Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company
with harlots spendeth his substance.” When a young person wisely chooses to keep morally
pure, this causes his father to rejoice.
Summary
• Fool
• Grieves & burdens parents
• Despises correction
• Ruins his father’s reputation
• Shames his parents
• Despises his mother
• Makes riotous friends
• Allowed to do as he pleases
• Chooses worthless friends

• Wise Person
• Brings joy to parents
• Listens and obeys parents
• Learns from verbal rebuke
• Brings gladness to parents
• Obeys the law
• Avoids worthless friends
• Keeps himself pure
Questions to Ponder
• How do you respond to discipline or reproof, as a wise person or as a fool?
• How do you treat your parents, as a wise person or as a fool?
• Do (or did) you bring joy or grief and shame to your parents?
• Do (or did) your friends grieve or rejoice your parents?
• Are you seeking to live wisely and prudently?
• Can you truly say that you love wisdom?
How can you become more wise in your conduct and
its results?
• Learn from instruction and discipline and determine to change.
• Remember, (Romans 14:7) “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”
Honour those who have invested in your life.
• Choose wise friends. (Proverbs 13:20) “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a
companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
• Ask God to give you a love for His wisdom. Study the Scriptures with a passion to get to
know God.
God’s Closing Advice
• (Proverbs 30:17) “The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the
ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.”
• (Exodus 20:12) “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”