From foolishness to raving madness, you can detect a fool

Ecclesiastes Bible Background

09.20.2016 – Old Testament: Ecc 10.12–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Ecclesiastes 10–12 on September 20, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

As Christians, we want to believe the best about people, but sometimes that makes us slow in detecting fools. To help us know when a fool stands before us, consider these words of the wise Solomon,

The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious,
But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;
The words of his mouth begin with foolishness,
And the end of his talk is raving madness.
(Ecclesiastes 10.12–13) 

You can spot the wise man by the gracious words that fall from his lips, but listen to the fool and you will hear a man whose words swallow him. His own words destroy him, and he cannot see it. Therefore, he speaks foolishly and he keeps on until his raving madness reveals his true nature. Be patient and you will see the difference between the wise and the foolish.


  • What comes from your mouth: Gracious words or raving madness?

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