Proverbs 26: King James Bible
Proverb in the Mouth of Fools – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 7
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Proverb in the Mouth of Fools
Here’s the fool again. This time he’s trying to speak things that are going to expose his foolishness, just as someone whose legs are lame would be exposing their disadvantage on the dance floor.
A proverb in the mouth of fools can be a sore sight for those who are wise. Let’s assume that what he has to say is absolutely correct, biblical, sound doctrine, what have you. A proverb or parable coming out of the mouth of a fool will be contrary to what anyone paying attention would know about the fool.
When a man is known for being a violent person, talking a parable to someone about being peaceful would cause for this person to fall into this category. Or if someone who is given to indulge in alcohol was to preach down to others through parables against being a drunkard, all the while disguising the whisky on his breath with mints.
Anyone listening who isn’t wise to the person’s true behavior may nod their head in agreement with what the person says, and the fool might even sound wise to them. But those who know the person might be rolling their eyes into the back of their sockets in an “oh brother, you’ve got to be kidding me,” kind of way.
Nobody is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. We’ve all got our flaws, and I’m not saying that we are fools if we quote scripture that expose our flaws. But it is a different ballgame, when we ignore our flaws as if they don’t exist, just so we can attempt to sound knowledgeable for a moment. We just wind up being foolish.
All that is under the assumption that there is accuracy attributed to the proverb in the mouth of fools. However, this isn’t always the case. More often than not, the fool is deemed to be much wiser than they are, if they would only keep their mouths shut.
But as soon as they try to sound knowledgeable about something, it comes out twisted. For example, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a program or movie, where someone is quoting scripture incorrectly, or in such a far out context that they just sound completely Biblically illiterate. However, the person’s position in the program could be a Pastor, Priest, or otherwise anyone who should at least sound like they know what they’re talking about.
I always wonder what people are thinking who write or create these shows. Would it be too much to ask to open up the book that they are supposed to be quoting from, and get it at least close to right? A five minute google search would even help! And then I remember… It’s done on purpose.
They have no interest in actually spreading truth, just the opposite. Maybe unknowingly misleading others to believe that the Lord said things he didn’t say, do things that he wouldn’t do, or meaning things that he didn’t mean. But those who are wise concerning these things, can pick up on it immediately, and understand that there is a fool somewhere at the helm of the movie, TV show, what have you.
They could be a fool because they think that they have it right on, when they are far off, or they are a fool for thinking they can fool others more wise than themselves. I have a motto that I tell myself, my kids, friends, etc…
Never assume that anyone is dumber than you are. Because as soon as you do, you’ll be sure to find someone who’s smarter by way of humiliation.
In the mouth of fools is a rod of pride, and because of this pride, those of us who have the Lord can discern what is going on easier than those without him. Like in the example of the TV shows and movies, I or anyone that has read the Bible might hear what was in the script and think it was a joke, while others who don’t know the Lord, nor have read his Word, may think it is sound doctrine straight from the Lord’s mouth.
As far as we, the Body of Christ goes, this verse is all about knowing the Word of God, having discernment over what people have to say, and to take care over our own hearts, so that we don’t speak foolishly or as hypocrites.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 23: King James Bible
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Romans 1: King James Bible
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Thank you for your Word, and for opening our eyes to your truth, which we’ve received in Christ Jesus! Help us to avoid being respecters of persons, lifting one above the other, and help us to plainly know when we are hearing a proverb in the mouth of fools. Also help us not to be like them who fall under this category. Instead, help us to be more like Christ Jesus, who was not a hypocrite, spoke wisely, enjoyed all the gifts and fruits of the Spirit, and was always so close to you. That is our aim and our request to you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever felt the Lord’s discernment kick off in your spirit upon hearing a proverb in the mouth of fools?