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 actions in Generalways.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 3:35)
• “The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.”
• The wise person will receive glory or honour.
• The fool will receive shame and disgrace.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 10:5)
• “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that
causeth shame.”
• The wise man works when it is time to
• The fool sleeps when it is time
to work and will get shame and
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 13:20)
• “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
• If you spend time with wise men, you will be come wise.
• If you are a companion (i.e., graze or pasture with) of fools, their foolishness will destroy you.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 14:1)
• “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”
• Wise women work to improve their household.
• Foolish women tear down their household one brick at a time.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 14:8)
• “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”
• The wise seek to discern the best way to go. They prove all things before doing.
• The fool foolishly deceives himself and others.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 15:24)
• “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.”
• The wise seek the way of life through Jesus Christ that leads to heaven so that they can escape hell.
• The implication is that the way of a fool leads to hell.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 17:10)
• “A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.”
• The wise child learns more from reproving words than a fool learns from 100 stripes of a spanking.
• Fools refuse to learn
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 20:3)
• “It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.”
• A wise person will get honour when he stops an argument.
• Every fool is unwilling to yield. He keeps agitating things.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 26:6)
• “He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.”
• Fools make unreliable messengers. They cannot be trusted.
• By implication, a wise person will be trustworthy.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 26:7)
• “The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.”
• Fools are unreliable teachers.
• They limp like a lame man.
• Their words are inconsistent.
Fools and the Wise in General
• (Proverbs 27:22)
• “Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his
foolishness depart from him.”
• Sadly, fools seldom learn from discipline, even when it is severe.
• By implication, the wise person learns quickly from rebuke or discipline.
• Fool
• Receives shame and disgrace
• Too lazy to work
• Befriends other fools
• Tears down
• Deceives himself
• Does not learn from punishment
• Unwilling to yield
• Unreliable
• Wise Person
• Receives honour
• Works faithfully
• Walks with other wise
• Builds up
• Discerns the best way
• Follows the way of life
• Learns from reproof
• Stops arguments
How can We Become Wise?
• Listen to parents and teachers who point us in God’s way.
• Choose friends who are wise and reject fools as friends, even if it means missing out on
some fun things.
• Live for God and for others not ourselves.
• (Philippians 2:3) “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each
esteem other better than themselves.”

• When rebuked, learn from it and seek to change.
• Seek to be a peacemaker not a selfish fighter.
• Know the difference between a fool and wise man.
God’s Closing Advice
• (Proverbs 22:3) “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass
on, and are punished.”
• (Proverbs 8:33) “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”
• (Proverbs 23:19) “Hear thou, my son, and
be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.“
• Practice God’s Principles for Proving,
1Thessalonians 5:21-22