Proverbs 14:7

Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern Knowledge. NASB

By my count, the word Fool comes up at least 90 times in the book of Proverbs. There are also at least 3 Hebrew words that are translated fool or foolish in Proverbs as well. One is used to describe the foolishness of a child. There is hope with this one as a child can be trained. The most common fool in Proverbs is the silly fool. This person doesn’t know wisdom or knowledge and doesn’t care that he doesn’t know because he is distracted by the, “go with your heart,” crowd.

The danger of fools who practice foolishness is that the more they do so the stronger they become in foolishness. The result is they become harder and harder until they are so set in their ways they are unwilling to change no matter what consequences they are facing.  This word for fool is nabal. There is actually a man named Nabal in the Bible and you can read about him in 1 Samuel 25. His actions reflect his belief as described in Psalm 14.

We would be wise to spot the signs of foolishness and avoid Them at all costs.