The Wise and The Foolish



Use the below passages (and any others that you choose) to learn and discuss the foolish and the wise. The God of Heaven is so Good. We love you all so much. Samuel

Contrast between the wise and the foolish

Proverbs 1:1-7 – wise man will hear and increase learning…fools despise wisdom and instruction (they don’t want to be taught the truth)

Proverbs 3:35 - The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame

Proverbs 10:14 – wise man stores up knowledge…the fools mouth quickly leas to destruction

Proverbs 10:23 – shameful conduct is pleasure for a fool…wisdom is pleasure for a man with understanding of the truth

Proverbs 12:15 - The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice

Proverbs 12:23 – wise man conceals knowledge…the fool publicizes his stupidity

Proverbs 13:16 - wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness

Proverbs 13:20 – the one walking with the wise will be wise…a companion of fools will be destroyed

Proverbs 14:1 - the wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down

Proverbs 14:8 – the wise understand their way…the folly of fools is deceit

Proverbs 14:15 – the fool believes every word…the wise looks well to their going

Proverbs 14:16 – the wise man fears God and departs from evil…the fool rages and is confident

Proverbs 15:14 – the wise seek knowledge…the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness

Proverbs 15:20 – a wise son makes for a glad father…a foolish man despises his mother

Proverbs 15:21 – folly is joy to the fool…a wise man walks uprightly

Proverbs 17:24 – wisdom is before him with understanding…the eyes of the fool are in the ends of the earth

Proverbs 21:20 - The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get

Proverbs 28:26 – a fool will trust in his own heart…the wise shall be delivered

Proverbs 29:8 – a fool will bring a city into a snare…wise men turn away wrath

Proverbs 29:11 – a fool tells his whole mind…a wise man keeps it till afterwards

Matthew 7:24-26 – wise like a person who builds a house on solid rock…foolish like a person who builds a house on sand

Matthew 25:3-4 – the foolish do not prepare properly…the wise do prepare

**Ecclesiastes 2:13 – wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness

Ecclesiastes 2:14 – wise can see where they are going…fools walk in the dark

Ecclesiastes 4:13 – a poor but wise child is better than an old and foolish king who will not be admonished

Ecclesiastes 7:4 – wise heart is in the house of mourning…fools heart is in the house of mirth

Ecclesiastes 7:5 – to hear the rebuke of the wise is better than to hear the song of fools

Ecclesiastes 9:17 – wise men’s words heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools

Ecclesiastes 10:2 – a wise man’s heart is at his right hand…a fool’s heart at his left

Ecclesiastes 10:12 – wise words bring approval…fools are destroyed by their own words


Similarities  between the wise and the foolish

Psalm 49:10 – both die

Proverbs 1:20; 9:13, 15 – the wise utter their voice without in the street…the foolish sit at home and calls out to the passerby

Ecclesiastes 2:16 – there is no remembrance of either

Matthew 25:5 – both the wise and the fool can slumber and sleep

Foolish Bible Characters

1 Samuel 25:25 - Nabal

1 Samuel 26:21 – King Saul

Psalm 14:1 – those who say there is no God

Psalm 69:5 – King David

Psalm 73:22 - Asaph

Proverbs 6:32 – the man who commits adultery

Jeremiah 10:1-8 – people who worship idols

Luke 12:20-21 – those who store up earthly wealth but are not rich in their relations toward God

2 Corinthians 10:12 – those who compare themselves with each other  (using themselves as the standard of measurement

Galatians 3:1-3 - the Galatians…started new lives in the Spirit, but trying to become perfect by their own human effort

Wise Bible Characters by Name   

Exodus 35:30-31 - Bezalel

Deuteronomy 34:9 - Joshua

2 Samuel 14:1-2 – woman from Tekoa

1 Kings 7:13-14 - Huram

1 Kings 10:1-8 – King Solomon

Proverbs 11:30 – wise person is one who wins friends

Daniel 1:11, 17-20 – the four young Hebrew men

Daniel 2:14 - Daniel

Acts 6:8-10 - Stephen

Acts 7:9-10 - Joseph

Acts 7:22 - Moses

1 Corinthians 7:25 - Paul


Our All-Wise God

Job 12:12-13 – true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are His

Job 28:23 - God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found

Psalm 104:24 - O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all

Jeremiah 10:12 - But the Lord made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom

Luke 2:40 - And the child [Jesus] grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him

Romans 11:33 - Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways

Romans 16:27 - All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever

1 Corinthians 1:24 - Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God

1 Corinthians 1:25 - This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans

Colossians 2:3 - In him [Christ] lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge