Proverbs: A 'Collation' Part 2

Jun 30, 2019

Passage:Proverbs 4:7

Preacher: Tom Dunham

Category: Sermon


Proverbs: A ‘Collation’ – Continued from June 9th


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.  4:7

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.  3:35


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A ‘Collation’ of Proverbs on Wise vs. Foolish Living:

  • ‘Wisdom City’ vs. ‘Foolsville’ …   
  • From June 9th: 12:15 … 15:2 … 22:3 … 29:11 … 24:5,6 … 28:26 … 26:11 … … … now, some new ones:
  • 17:27,28 – He who has knowledge spares his words … Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; …
  • 12:16 – A fool’s wrath is known at once …
  • 25:28 – Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
  • 26:3 – A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.

A short word study on the word ‘fool’ in Proverbs:

  • 27:22 – Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.  Here, the Hebrew word for fool is ‘evil.’
  • Ct.: 26:3 – The Hebrew word for fool here is ‘kesil.’

       ~ The ‘evil’ fool is a ‘committed fool’ who won’t change …

       ~ The ‘kesil’ fool can change …

  • 12:15 – The way of a fool (‘evil’) is right in his own eyes.
  • 26:12 – Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool (‘kesil’) than for him.

       ~ If the word for fool was the same in each verse it would be like saying,           ‘There is more hope for a fool than for a fool’!

  • Q: Are children born wise?  Or ‘otherwise’? A: See 22:15 …


The main distinguishing quality of a wise man vs. a fool is the willingness to follow directives and seek and listen to counsel/advice.   Also, the fool repeats his mistakes, while the wise person learns from them.


Results: Happy life!  Happy parents, too!

  • 10:1 – A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
  • 27:11 – My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
  • 29:3 – Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice …

Set your roots in Wisdom City!