If someone took a $100 bill or £100 note, and tore it up – allowing it to flutter over the mountain side.
I’m pretty sure everyone would agree that they were being foolish?
However – I don’t often hear the word foolish being used nowadays. Is it just me?
Foolishness is usually not used as often as swear words to describe the unacceptable behaviour of others.
There are approx. 84 bible mentions of the word foolish, 20 for foolishness, and 189 for the word fool.
Here are a few to ponder –
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. (Psalm 53/1, 14/1)
A fool despises his father’s instruction, (Proverbs 15/5)
…any fool can start a quarrel (Proverbs 20/3)
A fool vents all his feelings, (Proverbs 29/11)
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, (Proverbs 12/15)
The somewhat dated story is told – (It goes something like this): –
A lady, when questioned by a bible salesman, if she read the bible much?
Answered – “Oh yes, all the time!”
“Would you mind going and fetching it for me to have a look?” (No doubt with the idea that he could sell her a ‘superior’ printed version).
When she returned, in the act of handing him the bible to scrutinise, a small pair of rimless reading glasses fell out of her large bible.
“Oh!” she said – “I lost those years ago!”
Does that behaviour fit the ‘foolish’ category?
I wonder how much behaviour is just plain – foolish-lying to ourselves?
James 1/22: …deceiving your own selves.