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Wisdom Versus Foolishness

How much do you know about what God calls wisdom and what He considers foolishness? Test your knowledge with this quiz. Give yourself 2 points for every answer you get right without looking up the scripture reference. Give yourself 1 point for every answer you get right with help from the scripture reference (taken from NIV).  c4c015

  1. What is the beginning of wisdom? (Proverbs 9:10)
    1. Walking in righteousness
    2. The fear of the LORD
    3. Listening to your parents
    4. The counsel of friends
  2. A beautiful woman who behaves foolishly is like what? (Proverbs 11:22)
    1. A gold ring in a pig’s snout
    2. A dog eating the children’s food
    3. A house on fire
    4. A cup of cold water on a hot day
  3. Where does wisdom call? (Proverbs 1:20-21)
    1. In the public square
    2. On top of the wall
    3. At the city gate
    4. All of the above
  4. Which man (whose name means fool) did David almost slaughter for his foolish insolence? (1 Samuel 25:25)
    1. Jacob
    2. Horace
    3. Nabal
    4. Japheth
  5. What does the fool say in his heart? (Psalm 14:1)
    1. “I know everything.”
    2. “There is no God.”
    3. “There’s no such thing as fairies.”
    4. “Sin is good.”
  6. In what does a fool find pleasure? (Proverbs 10:23)
    1. Food and drink
    2. Hanging out with other fools
    3. Money
    4. Wicked schemes
  7. How many pillars are on wisdom’s house? (Proverbs 9:1)
    1. Hundreds
    2. Seven
    3. Twelve
    4. Thirty-three
  8. On what did the foolish man build his house? (Matthew 7:24-27)
    1. Rock
    2. Gravel
    3. Sand
    4. Water
  9. What is the Chaldean name of Daniel’s friend Azariah, a young man whom God granted wisdom and later saved from a fiery furnace? (Daniel 1:7)
    1. Shadrach
    2. Abednego
    3. Meshach
    4. Belteshazzar
  10. Wisdom makes one person more powerful than how many rulers in a city? (Ecclesiastes 7:19)
    1. Ten
    2. Two
    3. A thousand
    4. None of the above
  11. The way of the fool seems right to him, but a wise person does what? (Proverbs 12:15)
    1. Always chooses the right way
    2. Listens to advice
    3. Reads the Bible every day
    4. Tells the fool the right way to go
  12. A wise person brings calm, while a foolish person does what? (Proverbs 29:11)
    1. Brings about chaos
    2. Gives many gifts
    3. Gives full vent to rage
    4. Takes people to court
  13. Who is the wise wife of the man in question #4 who prevented David from killing her foolish husband? (1 Samuel 25)
    1. Abigail
    2. Mary
    3. Bathsheba
    4. Sarah
  14. Wisdom is more precious than what? (Proverbs 3:14-15)
    1. Rubies
    2. Silver
    3. Gold
    4. All of the above
  15. What happens to a companion of fools? (Proverbs 13:20)
    1. He suffers harm
    2. He becomes wise
    3. He dies a painful death
    4. None of the above
  16. How can you get wisdom? (James 1:5)
    1. Ask your mother
    2. Talk to your youth pastor
    3. Listen to your friends
    4. Ask God

Answers to Wisdom Versus Foolishness quiz:

  1. 2
  2. 1
  3. 4
  4. 3
  5. 2
  6. 4
  7. 2
  8. 3
  9. 2
  10. 1
  11. 2
  12. 3
  13. 1
  14. 4
  15. 1
  16. 4

22-32 points:  Well done! You know a lot about God’s views on wisdom and foolishness, but don’t stop learning. “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” (Proverbs 9:9)

11-21 points:  You’re on your way to wisdom. Keep up the pursuit! “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7b)

10 and under:  Not so great, huh? Don’t worry, though, you can still follow the path of understanding. Wisdom calls out: “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 8:34-35) prov-002-06

How to Be a Fool

nofoolinLet’s be honest—being foolish often looks like more fun than being wise. The stereotypical wise person is old, gray, stern, and sits around thinking deep thoughts all the time. Boring. A fool, though, is typically young and pretty. She says and does whatever she wants whenever she wants. Sounds freeing, doesn’t it? I took a look in the Proverbs for tips on how to become foolish, just in case I wanted to try it. Here’s what I found:

  1. Be a mocker. This kind of fool makes fun of God and all forms of goodness. He’s haughty and insulting. Doesn’t bother to watch his tongue at all. A good example is the thief on the cross—not the one who repented and sought salvation from Jesus, but the one who, with his dying breaths, hurled insults at the only One who could’ve saved him. Hmmm. It doesn’t appear his mocking tongue served him so well in the end.
  2. Be a rebel. This type of fool goes her own way no matter how many of those deep-thinking wise people give her good advice. She’s hardhearted and hardheaded. If she wants to do something, she does it, regardless of the consequences. An example of this fool is Solomon’s son and successor, Rehoboam. The people promised Rehoboam that if he’d lighten the workload Solomon had put on them, they’d serve him faithfully. The gray-haired wise men advised Rehoboam to do what the people asked, but Rehoboam’s buddies told him to make the people work even harder—just to show he was a bigger Big Dog than his daddy. Rehoboam liked that idea. He told the people their work under Solomon was nothing to what they’d have to do under him. The people rebelled, and there went most of Rehoboam’s kingdom. Not such a great outcome for this fool, either.
  3. Be Godless. This type of fool totally closes his mind and heart to God. In his arrogance, he decides that he’s the definer of the universe and that no God can tell him how to live. An example of this fool is a man whose name literally means fool, Nabal. When David, whose men had protected Nabal’s sheep, requested food for his men, Nabal insulted God’s anointed. Nabal refused to acknowledge God’s provision for him through David. If not for Nabal’s wise wife Abigail, who acted quickly to soothe David’s rage, Nabal’s entire household would’ve been slaughtered. Though David spared Nabal for Abigail’s sake, God struck the fool dead for his foolishness. Guess Nabal found out he wasn’t the center of the universe after all.
  4. Be simple. This fool believes whatever anyone tells her without stopping to find out if what she’s being told is right. To her, anybody’s opinion is the absolute truth. An example of this fool is the young man the Proverbs says is “lacking sense.” Momma advises. Daddy instructs. Wisdom calls. The adulteress beckons. And the simpleton, too stupid to realize he’s headed straight for his death, takes the path to the adulteress’s house. Another bad end for yet another fool.

Okay, being foolish doesn’t sound so great after all. Good thing the Proverbs teach the way of wisdom as well. Basically, study the paths of foolishness…and do the opposite.