Top 84 Bible Verses About Fools Or Foolishness


Throughout the scriptures, any act of foolishness, foolish talk or jokes have been sharply condemned. The Bible has warned Christians several times not to keep company with fools else they may impact their foolishness on those who associate with them.

In life, no one wants to associate with fools. People usually look down on them; their views are not regarded. The day a fool begins to talk in a sensible manner is the day that all and sundry will begin to give that person a listening ear but what does the Bible say about the acts of foolishness, foolish talks or foolish jokes? Let’s glance through these 84 Bible verses about fools or foolishness.

Top 84 Bible Verses About Fools Or Foolishness

  1. Proverbs 18:2-3 

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

  1. Proverbs 14:16

A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless.

  1. Proverbs 14:8

The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.

  1. Proverbs 17:25

A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.

  1. Proverbs 19:13

A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.

  1. Proverbs 1:5-7 

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

  1. Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

  1. Proverbs 10:18-19

He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

  1. Proverbs 12:22-23 

Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

  1. Proverbs 18:13 

Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

  1. Proverbs 29:20

There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

  1. Proverbs 26:11

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

  1. Proverbs 29:8-9 

Mockers can get a whole town agitated but the wise will calm anger. If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.

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  1. Proverbs 26:4-5

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

  1. Proverbs 26:6-7 

Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison! A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

  1. Luke 6:39

Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?

  1. Proverbs 10:23-25 

Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.  Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible. When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

  1. Proverbs 15:21 

Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

  1. Proverbs 14:8-10

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

  1. Ecclesiastes 10:1-3 

As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor. A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one. You can identify fools just by the way they walk down the street!

  1. Psalm 53:1 1

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.

  1. Psalm 74:18

Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.

  1. Matthew 5:22

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

  1. Proverbs 29:11 

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.

  1. Matthew 23:16-19 

“Blind guides! What sorrow awaits you! For you say that it means nothing to swear ‘by God’s Temple,’ but that it is binding to swear ‘by the gold in the Temple. Blind fools! Which is more important–the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred? And you say that to swear ‘by the altar’ is not binding, but to swear ‘by the gifts on the altar’ is binding. How blind! For which is more important–the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

  1. 1 Corinthians 4:10

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:18

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:20-25

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

  1. Psalm 53:1

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good.

  1. Psalm 14:1

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

  1. Romans 1:21

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

  1. Hosea 7:11

So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense; They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

  1. 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Aram has escaped out of your hand. “Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim an immense army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand. “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”

  1. Isaiah 19:11-13

The princes of Zoan are mere fools; The advice of Pharaoh’s wisest advisers has become stupid How can you men say to Pharaoh, “I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings”? Well then, where are your wise men? Please let them tell you, And let them understand what the LORD of hosts Has purposed against Egypt. The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly, The princes of Memphis are deluded; Those who are the cornerstone of her tribes Have led Egypt astray.

  1. Isaiah 30:1

“Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the LORD, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;

  1. Jeremiah 4:22

“For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.”

  1. Jeremiah 5:4

Then I said, “They are only the poor, They are foolish; For they do not know the way of the LORD Or the ordinance of their God.

  1. Psalm 92:6

A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this:

  1. Luke 24:25

And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

  1. Ephesians 5:15-17

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

  1. Jeremiah 10:8

But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion–their idol is wood!

  1. Jeremiah 10:14

Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them.

  1. Jeremiah 51:17

All mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them.

  1. Romans 1:22-23

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

  1. Isaiah 32:6

For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart inclines toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the LORD, To keep the hungry person unsatisfied And to withhold drink from the thirsty.

  1. Psalm 94:5-8

They crush Your people, O LORD, And afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger And murder the orphans. They have said, “The LORD does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.” Pay heed, you senseless among the people; And when will you understand, stupid ones?

  1. Proverbs 10:23

Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

  1. Jeremiah 17:11

“As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in the end he will be a fool.”

  1. Proverbs 29:11

A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.

  1. 1 Samuel 13:13

Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, for now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

  1. 2 Samuel 24:10

Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people So David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”

  1. 1 Chronicles 21:8

David said to God, “I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”

  1. Psalm 107:17

Fools, because of their rebellious way, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.

  1. Proverbs 10:8

The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.

  1. Proverbs 1:22

“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

  1. Proverbs 1:28-33

“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me, Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD. “They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof. “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices. “For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. “But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”

  1. Proverbs 5:23

He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

  1. Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

  1. Isaiah 65:2

“I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,

  1. Jeremiah 18:12

“But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

  1. Ezekiel 3:7

Yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate.

  1. Proverbs 18:6-7

A fool’s lips bring strife, and his mouth calls for blows. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

  1. Ephesians 5:4

And there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

  1. Proverbs 10:18

He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.

  1. 2 Peter 2:15

Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

  1. Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is good will.

  1. Proverbs 14:6

A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

  1. Proverbs 23:9

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

  1. Proverbs 24:9

The devising of folly is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

  1. Proverbs 20:3

Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

  1. Proverbs 19:1

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.

  1. 1 Timothy 1:4

Nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.

  1. 1 Timothy 6:4

He is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,

  1. 2 Timothy 2:23

But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

  1. Titus 3:9

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

  1. Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.

  1. Proverbs 14:7

Leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge.

  1. Proverbs 26:7

Like the legs which are useless to the lame, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

  1. Proverbs 14:12

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

  1. Proverbs 28:26

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered.

  1. James 2:20

But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

  1. Luke 11:39-40

But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. “You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?

  1. Romans 1:22

Professing to be wise, they became fools.

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