Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 27 P. 429 – Bray a Fool

Proverbs 27: King James Bible

Bray a Fool – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 22

22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Bray a Fool

One of the problems with having a ton of different translations out there created to help us understand the Bible in terms that we’d use today, is that insight giving details are wiped away. The same is true with the verse above.

The reason is, the word “bray” isn’t used much these days, and refer to two different things.

  • The wail or loud cry of a donkey.
  • A process that is used to separate grain, that is more elaborate, or more refined than threshing.

Due to the context of the verse, the donkey is clearly not being referred to here, but rather the grinding, crushing, beating action that would come with using a mortar and pestle. This is the likeness that other versions of the Bible would hold on to and build upon, which is fine.

However, what I believe is missed in the newer translations, is the fact that the materials involved in order to make it as far as the mortar and pestle, have already gone through the threshing process. The wheat has already been separated from the chaff!

This is to say there would be things that make it through the threshing process, and wouldn’t be found out until one would bray the grain. Until the materials were broken down by the grinding action of a pestle, there would be no visible difference between what belonged in the mortar, and what didn’t.

But once the pressure of the pestle begins to break the grain down into uniformity, what doesn’t belong becomes known. Once made known it is tossed out having been deemed unfit for use.

This causes me to start thinking that the fool in the proverb above is actually one who is attempting to blend in with believers for whatever the reason. Perhaps even a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Don’t forget that it’s a fool that says in his heart that there is no God. Because of the spiritual significance in the lives of true believers, a fool trying to blend in among them for most likely nefarious purposes would be found out eventually.

The Lord gives us the reason why they’d be found out in the rest of the verse above. The foolishness will not depart from a fool. Eventually, the fool will do something or say something that will raise suspicions to those who might be paying attention.

In the case of a wolf in sheep’s clothing who may be in a position of authority in some way in the church, slightly twisted doctrine might begin to be presented as gospel. Those with dull ears might not notice what’s going on, but those who know the Word and are being watchful would sniff it out.

The Lord teaches us to be diligent. He tells us this for the sake of our own lives and the lives of others, but also pertaining to his Word and the interpretation thereof. Study to show yourself approved, search through scriptures to see whether something is so. Don’t let the thief (in this case would be a fool disguised as a believer) take away what the Lord has prepared for you.

Related New Testament Scripture

Matthew 7: King James Bible

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 10: King James Bible

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Acts 17: King James Bible

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Acts 20: King James Bible

28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

2 Timothy 2: King James Bible

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.



Thank you for your truth, and for all of the aid you provide us as we traverse through it. Help us to search things out prayerfully, and by the lead of the Holy Ghost. Let us not be lead into a double mind through false or twisted doctrine, but help us to discern the false interpretations of your Word and reject that which is false, and cleave to your truth. We pray for the fool, and ask that you break him out of his foolish ways, as only you can do. Thank you Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



Did you know that only the Father can bray a fool with any success?

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