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Proverbs mentions fools more than any other book of the Bible.

Proverbs 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Proverbs 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

Proverbs 12:16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

Proverbs 13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

Proverbs 15:5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Proverbs 17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Proverbs 17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Proverbs 18:6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Proverbs 19:10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Proverbs 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

Proverbs 26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

Proverbs 26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.

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.

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Proverbs 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Proverbs 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 30:22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;


Ecclesiastes also has a number of comments about fools

Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

Ecclesiastes 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Ecclesiastes 2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

Ecclesiastes 6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

Ecclesiastes 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.

Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

New Testament

In the New Testament we see.

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

The whole context of the statement is about anger with brethren and calling them fool which is the word moros which can mean a fool in the sense of impious, godless. But there are many fools that are not brethren and Christ and the Bible say so. He speaks of the foolish virgins and Paul uses the word to express that a christian is willing to be considered fools by the world as if called a name because they believe in Christ.


3474 ~μωρός~ moros \@mo-ros’\@ probably from the base of 3466; TDNT-4:832,620; {See TDNT 511} adj AV-foolish 7, fool 5, foolishness 1; 13 1) foolish 2) impious, godless

  • Matthew 23:17 Ye fools <moros> and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
  • Matthew 23:19 Ye fools <moros> and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
  • Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish <moros>.
  • Matthew 25:3 They that were foolish <moros> took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
  • Matthew 25:8 And the foolish <moros> said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness <moros> of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things <moros> of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
  • 1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool <moros>, that he may be wise.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools <moros> for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
  • 2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish <moros> and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
  • Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish <moros> questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.


But there is another word for fool

878 ~ἄφρων~ aphron \@af’-rone\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and 5424; TDNT-9:220,1277; {See TDNT 834} adj AV-fool 8, foolish 2, unwise 1; 11 1) without reason 2) senseless, foolish, stupid 3) without reflection or intelligence, acting rashly

Which appears in:

  • Luke 11:40 Ye fools <aphron >, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
  • Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool <aphron >, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
  • Romans 2:20 An instructor of the foolish <aphron >, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:36 Thou fool <aphron >, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
  • 2 Corinthians 11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool <aphron >; if otherwise, yet as a fool <aphron > receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
  • 2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye suffer fools <aphron > gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool <aphron >; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool <aphron > in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
  • Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise <aphron >, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
  • 1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish <aphron > men:

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