Behind the definition of insanity: The simple fool.

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Podcast highlights:

  • So far, we’ve contrasted wisdom and foolishness.
  • In addition to the typical “foolish”, there are different types of foolish people.  Last time, we talked about the scornful foolish person.
  • This time, we’ll go over the simple foolish person  (In Hebrew, simple is defined as “pethi” meaning empty-headed, open to being easily influenced/persuaded).

Solomon addresses the youth, in particular young men. Proverbs 1:1-4

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtlety [wisdom, skill, or caution] to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

Simple men can be easily led astray by the wrong woman. Proverbs 7 tells the whole story. Here’s a snippet.

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,

In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

In addition, Proverbs 9:14-18 goes on to tell is about the simple woman and how she operates.

13 A foolish woman is clamorous (loud and repetitive): she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:

16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

What happens when you practice being simple?

Proverbs 14:18
The simple inherit folly [evil or wickedness] : but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Proverbs 14:15

The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

How does the scornful fool help?

Proverbs 21:11
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Is there any hope?

Psalms 19:7
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

You know BCU Family, Solomon asks a good question How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? (Proverbs 1:22). In fact, Proverbs 1 goes on to talk about what happens when we choose to ignore wisdom.

Sure, we many of us have made less than wise decisions and may make some more. The thing is, simple, foolish decision-making should not be continual, willful, and intentional. We do not have to repeat the same lesson over and over again. Instead, let’s look to the Lord for some wisdom. James 1:5 says God gives wisdom out liberally without scolding us–we just need to ask.

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