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Fool
Bungler • Dupe • Folly • Foolish • Foolishly • Foolishness • Fools • Gullible • Unintelligent
Dictionaries
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Foolishness, Folly
foolishness, folly, a lack of wisdom. Since wisdom, however, has many different nuances in the Bible, folly also takes on a number of different connotations. In a fundamental sense, folly or foolishness is a failure to recognize the significance of God and God’s will. A “fool” is virtually by definition
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Fool, Foolish
FOOL, FOOLISH. The term is used in Scripture with respect to moral and spiritual more than to mental or intellectual deficiencies. The “fool” is not one who does not think or reason, but who reasons selfishly and wrongly. In the OT the fool is the person who rejects the fear of the Lord, and thinks and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Fool
FoolIn the Bible, foolishness is most often an ethical concept and goes beyond a lack of native intelligence. Contrasted with the wise (Prov. 1:7; 15:5), the fool first is a person who acts without counsel (12:15) and is indiscreet (v. 23; 13:16), hot-tempered (14:29; 17:12), ignorant (Eccl. 2:14),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fool
Fool (Heb. ˓ewîl, kesîl, nāḇāl; sāḵāl; Gk. áphrōn, mōrós, anóētos).† In the Bible, foolishness is most often an ethical concept and goes beyond a lack of native intelligence. Although the fool might be one who acts boorishly, naively, or imprudently (e.g., Prov. 10:23; 20:3; cf.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Idiot, the
Idiot, the (from the Gk. ἰδιώτης, a private person, one of no special skill), the pseudonym used by a medieval spiritual writer generally identified as Raymundus Jordanus, a French Canon Regular of St Augustine and Abbot of Selles-sur-Cher, who flourished c. 1381. A collected edition of his devotional
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Fool
FOOL. Represented by a large number of Heb. and Gk. words. The word is used in Scripture with respect to moral more than to intellectual deficiencies. The “fool” is not so much one lacking in mental powers, as one who misuses them; not one who does not reason, but reasons wrongly. In Scripture the “fool”
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Fool, Foolishness, Folly
Fool, Foolishness, Follyfool, foolishness, folly, terms referring to the lack of wisdom. Since wisdom, however, has so many different connotations and nuances, there are numerous characteristics of a life of foolishness or folly. In general, a fool in the Bible is a person who lives life as if God
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Fool, Foolishness
FOOL, FOOLISHNESS - a stupid person or a senseless act. In the Bible, the most foolish person of all is one who denies the reality of God the Father: "The fool has said in his heart, ’There is no God’ " (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). Like the Book of Proverbs, where "fool" denotes a person who is morally and spiritually
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Dupe
DupeThe archetypal character type of the dupe is a person easily tricked and taken advantage of. The dupe is usually a comic type-the butt of a well-deserved joke-but occasionally in the Bible there is a tragic undertow. Eve is the original dupe in the Bible, too easily swayed by the temptation of the
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FOOL; FOLLY
FOOL; FOLLY<fool> [נָבָל‎, nabhal], [אְֶוִיל‎, ’ewil], [כְּסִיל‎, kecil], [סָכָל‎, cakhal] and forms; [ἄφρων, aphron], [ἀφροσύνη, aphrosune], [μωρός, moros]):
Compton’s Encyclopedia
jester
jester, or foolAmong the first comic entertainers, jesters, also called court fools, were kept in the households of kings and other people of high social rank to amuse their patrons and their families and guests with their wit and humorous antics. Jesters often appeared insane or simpleminded, and these
Key passages
Ps 10:8

He sits in ambush in villages; in the hiding places he kills the innocent. His eyes lurk for the helpless.

Ps 14:1

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt. They do abominable deeds. There is none who does good.

Ps 53:1

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt and they have done abominable iniquity. There is none who does good.

Pr 1:7

Fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction, fools despise.

Mt 5:22

But I say to you that everyone who is angry at his brother will be subject to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Stupid fool!’ will be subject to the council, and whoever says, ‘Obstinate fool!’ will be subject to fiery hell.

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