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Proverbs of a 40 yr old man

Honor is not fitting for a fool. A fool is an evil man who hates wisdom. He does not deserve any honor. A fool lacks the wisdom a leader needs to govern others. He makes bad decisions. He condones and even promotes immorality. He disdains righteousness and the worship of God. He appoints others like himself to positions of authority. We need to stand up for righteousness and not cover up evil in the name of tolerance and love. The love of the truth trumps the honor of a fool. We are called to overcome evil with good. Whip the horse! Control the animal! Punish the fool! When a horse pulls a cart, the driver whips the horse. This is because the driver needs to control the animal. A fool is an evil man. He refuses to listen to wise advice. If you are a judge, then you must punish this evil man. Unless someone controls an evil person, that person will continue his evil behavior. Do not answer a fool with foolish words! You will become like him. Do not answer a fool with sensible words! Do not allow him to think that he is wise! He deserves only a stupid answer. The truth is that the evil person will not obey good advice. He does not care whether your words are sensible or foolish. He will even use your own words against you. This man is very evil. Perhaps you should say nothing to him or perhaps God will help you to know the right words. Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison! A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg. Like one who absurdly binds a stone in a sling making it impossible to throw, So is he who absurdly gives honor to a fool. A thorn bush waved around in the hand of a drunkard is no worse than a proverb in the mouth of a fool. An employer who hires any fool that comes along is only hurting everybody concerned. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. There is only one person worse than a fool. Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them. We should pity the fool like the great teacher himself Mr. T said. Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.

Study Proverbs 26:1


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