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Summary: To show that we need to get away from the presence of a fool to preserve knowledge.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have fools as friends?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we need to get away from the presence of a fool to preserve knowledge.

IV. TEXT:

Proverbs 14:7 (Amplified Bible)

Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for I have the mind of CHRIST that guides and instructs me according to Your WORD.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (Amplified Bible)

2:16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

VI. TITLE:

Stay away from a fool

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Authors: Credited generally to King Solomon before his character downfall/decline.

B. Date written: from 931 to 686 B.C.

C. Purpose: To give moral instruction

D. Main Theme: Fear of the LORD

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Stay away from foolish people

"Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man,"

Psalms 14:1 (Amplified Bible)

14:1 To the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David. THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable deeds; there is none that does good or right.

Psalms 53:1 (Amplified Bible)

53:1 To the Chief Musician; in a mournful strain. A skillful song, or didactic or reflective poem of David. THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt and evil are they, and doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.

Foolish or "kesyl" in Hebrew meaning: stupid or silly.

A fool is defined in the bible as someone who does not believe in GOD. It's not about lack of education or lack of morals but all of these lack come from the lack of relationship with GOD.

Proverbs 9:6 (Amplified Bible)

9:6 Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight and understanding.

Proverbs 13:20 (Amplified Bible)

13:20 He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.

Isaiah 32:6 (Amplified Bible)

32:6 For the fool speaks folly and his mind plans iniquity: practicing profane ungodliness and speaking error concerning the Lord, leaving the craving of the hungry unsatisfied and causing the drink of the thirsty to fail.

Fool - One who is destitute of reason, or the common powers of understanding; an idiot. Some persons are born fools, and are called natural fools; others may become fools by some injury done to the brain. In common language, a person who is somewhat deficient in intellect, but not an idiot; or a person who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his reason; one who pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom. (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)

What are fools in the Bible?

1. Someone who leave their wealth to others

Psalms 49:10 (Amplified Bible)

49:10 For he sees that even wise men die; the [self-confident] fool and the stupid alike perish and leave their wealth to others.

2. They hate knowledge

Proverbs 1:22 (Amplified Bible)

1:22 How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge?

3. Does mischief as a sport

Proverbs 10:23 (Amplified Bible)

10:23 It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.

4. Does not give up evil

Proverbs 13:19 (Amplified Bible)

13:19 Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] fools to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].

5. Returns to his foolishness

Proverbs 26:11 (Amplified Bible)

26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

6. Trusts himself

Proverbs 28:26 (Amplified Bible)

28:26 He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident of his own mind and heart is a [self-confident] fool, but he who walks in skillful and godly Wisdom shall be delivered.

7. Walks in darkness

Ecclesiastes 2:14 (Amplified Bible)

2:14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness; and yet I perceived that [in the end] one event happens to them both.

8. Does not pay what he vowed to GOD

Ecclesiastes 5:4 (Amplified Bible)

5:4 When you vow a vow or make a pledge to God, do not put off paying it; for God has no pleasure in fools (those who witlessly mock Him). Pay what you vow.

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