Eccl.7:5 “song of fools” (acting foolish)
As Taught by Solomon in the book of Proverbs, we will look at characteristics of fools, how fools are identified, and how to deal with fools. Be careful if any of these verses fit you a little too well, maybe some correction may be in order.
1:7 Despise wisdom and instruction
1:22 Hate knowledge
10:18 hide hatred with lying lips, 26:28, and utter slander (false statement about another)
12:15 always right
13:19 enjoy evil 14:16 rageth and is confident
20:3 seek out strife, 26:17 15:14 feedeth on foolishness
14:9 mock sin
15:5 despise father’s instruction (includes wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and LOVE)
19:10 delight not seemly (suitable) foolishness is undesirable – no delight in it
26:1 Honor not seemly 26:8 honor given causes trouble
28:26 trust in his own heart
12:23 proclaimed by the heart [Matt.12:24], 14:33
17:28 shut your mouth
29:11 think before you speak
How to deal with them?
You cannot fix them, 27:22, 17:10, and 23:9 (despise 1:7)
If possible, avoid them, 17:12
Don’t take their counsel, 16:22. 13:20
Answer their folly, 26:4-5 Answer them, not in a foolish manor, but so that their foolishness will be addressed.
We all know people with foolish characteristics and very well may have a few of these ourselves. God sure used up a great amount of His word count in the Bible teaching on fools or foolishness. May be it affects our life more than we realize.