Lack of wisdom or discretion.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FOLLY. There is a variety of shades of meaning in the Heb. and Gr. words translated “folly.” In general it expresses the unprofitable action or results of foolishness. Folly is the opposite of wisdom (q.v.).1. Heb. ’iwwelet is the word most often translated “folly,” found frequently in Proverbs. It
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
FOLLY. While folly in the OT is sometimes plain silliness (e.g. Pr. 10:14; 14:15; 18:13), it is usually culpable: a disdain for God’s truth and discipline (Pr. 1:7). Hence even the ‘simple’ or gullible man (peṯî) is not merely ‘without sense’ (Pr. 7:7ff.) but fatally wayward (Pr. 1:32). He must make
Catholic Bible Dictionary
FOLLY Folly in wisdom literature does not suggest a low intelligence, but is seen always in contrast to wisdom. Much of wisdom literature is taken up with the contrast between the fool and the wise man. The wise man listens to the counsel of wisdom and so is prudent and just and fears the Lord; the fool
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FOLLY. Silliness (see Prov. 5:23; etc.); emptiness (see Gen. 34:7, KJV; “disgraceful thing,” NIV); and many others (Job 24:12; Ps. 85:8; Eccles. 2:3; 2 Tim. 3:9). In Jer. 23:13, an “offensive thing” (NASB; “folly,” KJV; “repulsive thing,” NIV). As a word in common use, folly is a weak or absurd act,
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
FollyFolly is the opposite of wisdom in the Bible, and the fool is the opposite of the wise person. While the culture of our own day gives no vivid conception of what constitutes folly, to the ancient mindset folly was a living reality, not only having a definite meaning but also conveying palpable
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FOOL; FOLLY<fool> [נָבָל‎, nabhal], [אְֶוִיל‎, ’ewil], [כְּסִיל‎, kecil], [סָכָל‎, cakhal] and forms; [ἄφρων, aphron], [ἀφροσύνη, aphrosune], [μωρός, moros]):
FOOLERY<fool’-er-i>: The plural “fooleries” occurs Ecclesiasticus 22:13 King James Version: “Talk not much with a fool .... and thou shalt never be defiled with his fooleries.” The Greek word is [ἐντιναγμός, entinagmos], “a striking or throwing in,” “an attack,” from entinasso, “to strike
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
FollyHebrew expression: ʾivveletPronunciation: ´ih VEH lehtStrong’s Number: 200Key VersesPsalms 38:5; 69:5; Proverbs 5:23; 12:23; 14:18, 29; 22:15; 26:11The book of Proverbs warns us not to answer a fool in the same way he addresses us, for we will become like him if we do! (Prov. 26:4). To pursue
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
folly. Lack of good sense or wisdom; foolish behavior. In the Bible the concept has a strong moral and spiritual connotation.
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
FOLLYFolly is the antithesis of *wisdom (Prov 15:21; Eccles 2:13, 19), and the fool is one who hates “knowledge” and the *“fear of the Lord” (Prov 1:22, 29). The book of *Proverbs in particular offers an extensive character study of fools and their ways, while the books of *Psalms and *Ecclesiastes
Woman Wisdom
WOMAN WISDOM AND WOMAN FOLLYOne of the most striking features of the book of *Proverbs is the role played by Woman Wisdom and her rival Woman Folly. They both appear Proverbs 1–9 but not in Proverbs 10–31. Indeed, Woman Folly only appears in Proverbs 9 as a counterpart to Woman Wisdom. Many questions
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Fool, Folly
FOOL, fo̅o̅l, FOLLY (נָכָל‎, nābhāl, אֱוִיל‎, ’ĕwīl, כְּסִיל‎, keṣīl, סָכָלṣākhāl and forms; ἄφρων, áphrōn, ἀφροσύνη, aphrosúnē, (μωρός, mōrós):
FOOLERY, fo̅o̅l′ẽr-i: The pl. “fooleries” occurs Ecclus 22:13 AV: “Talk not much with a fool … and thou shalt never be defiled with his fooleries.” The Gr word is ἐντιναγμός, entinagmós, “a striking or throwing in,” “an attack,” from entinássō, “to strike into,” “cast at,” etc (1 Macc 2:36; 2 Macc
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
FOLLY [אִוֶּלֶתʾiwweleth, כֶּסֶלkesel, נְבָלָהnevalah, סֶכֶלsekhel, סִכְלוּתsikhluth; ἄνοια anoia; ἀφροσύνη aphrosynē]. The translation of several terms used in the Bible and particularly in the wisdom literature of the OT (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes) for lack of good sense. Folly may describe
Key passages
Pr 9:13–18

A woman of foolishness is loud, simple, and does not know it. She sits at the door of her house, upon a throne at the high places of town, in order to call to those who pass by the road, those who go straight on their way: “Whoever is simple, may he turn here!” As for he who lacks …

Pr 12:15

The way of a fool is upright in his own eyes, but he who listens to advice is wise.

Pr 26:11

Like a dog returning to his vomit is a fool reverting to his folly.

1 Co 1:18

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Tt 3:3–5

For we also were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, enslaved to various desires and pleasures, spending our lives in wickedness and envy, despicable, hating one another. But when the kindness and love for mankind of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not by deeds of righteousness that we …

See also
Ge 13:1–18; Nu 12:1–16; Dt 31:30–32:38; 1 Sa 13:1–15; 1 Sa 14:24–46; 1 Sa 25:2–22; 1 Sa 26:1–25; 2 Sa 13:1–22; 1 Ki 12:1–24; 1 Ch 21:1–30; 2 Ch 10:1–11:4; 2 Ch 16:7–10; Job 2:1–10; Job 42:1–17; Ps 14:1–7; Ps 36:1–12; Ps 38:1–22; Ps 49:1–20; Ps 53:1–6; Ps 92:1–15; Ps 94:1–23; Ps 107:1–22; Pr 1:1–7; Pr 1:20–33; Pr 3:13–35; Pr 5:1–23; Pr 6:20–7:5; Pr 8:1–11; Pr 9:13–18; Pr 10:8; Pr 10:10; Pr 10:13–14; Pr 10:18; Pr 10:21; Pr 10:23; Pr 11:29; Pr 12:1; Pr 12:15–16; Pr 12:23; Pr 13:16; Pr 13:19–20; Pr 14:1; Pr 14:3; Pr 14:7–9; Pr 14:15–18; Pr 14:24; Pr 14:29; Pr 14:33; Pr 15:2; Pr 15:5; Pr 15:7; Pr 15:14; Pr 15:20–21; Pr 16:22; Pr 17:7; Pr 17:10; Pr 17:12; Pr 17:16; Pr 17:18; Pr 17:21; Pr 17:24–25; Pr 17:28; Pr 18:2; Pr 18:6–7; Pr 18:13; Pr 19:1; Pr 19:3; Pr 19:10; Pr 19:13; Pr 19:29–20:1; Pr 20:3; Pr 21:11; Pr 21:20; Pr 22:3; Pr 22:15; Pr 23:9; Pr 24:7–9; Pr 26:1; Pr 26:3–12; Pr 27:3; Pr 27:12; Pr 27:22; Pr 28:26; Pr 29:9; Pr 29:11; Pr 29:20; Pr 30:21–23; Pr 30:32–33; Ec 2:12–26; Ec 4:4–8; Ec 4:13–8:1; Ec 9:13–10:20; Is 9:8–10:4; Is 19:1–17; Is 32:1–8; Is 44:9–20; Is 44:24–28; Je 4:19–5:31; Je 10:1–25; Je 17:1–13; Je 51:12–33; Mt 7:24–27; Mt 23:13–36; Mt 25:1–13; Mk 7:1–23; Lk 11:37–44; Lk 12:13–21; Lk 24:13–32; Ro 1:8–15; Ro 1:18–32; 1 Co 1:18–31; 1 Co 2:6–16; 1 Co 3:18–23; 1 Co 4:6–13; 1 Co 15:35–49; 2 Co 10:12–11:4; 2 Co 11:16–21; 2 Co 12:1–6; 2 Co 12:11–13; Ga 3:1–9; Eph 5:1–7; Eph 5:15–21; 1 Ti 6:3–10; 2 Ti 2:14–3:9; Tt 3:1–11; Jas 2:14–26; 1 Pe 2:13–17; 2 Pe 2:12–22;
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