Happy Feast of April Fool's Day ; )

Today is the feast of April Fool’s Day.

Here are five Scripture verses from the book of Proverbs about fools:

  1. “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are safe.” — Proverbs 28:26; (see also Proverbs 1:7)
  2. “To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.” — Proverbs 10:23; (see also: Proverbs 26:19)
  3. “…A fool despises his mother.” — Proverbs 15:20b
  4. “The naive believes everything, But the prudent considers well his steps.” — Proverbs 14:15
  5. “A fool is quick to show anger, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.” — Proverbs 12:16; (see also: Proverbs 29:9)
  6. (Bonus): “The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.” — Proverbs 17:24

Here are five Scripture verses from other books in the Old Testament about fools:

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  2. “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.” — Ecclesiastes 7:9
  3. “Words from the mouth of a wise person are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him.” — Ecclesiastes 10:12; (see also: Proverbs 18:6-7 & Proverbs 10:18)
  4. “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is good.” — Psalms 14:1
  5. “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.” — Isaiah 32:6; (see also: Proverbs 26:11)
  6. “The labor of fools wearies them, For they do not even know how to go to the city!” — Ecclesiastes 10:15

Here are five Scripture verses from other books in the New Testament about fools:

  1. “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration [Baptism] and renewal of the Holy Spirit [Confirmation].” — Titus 3:3-5
  2. “Avoid foolish arguments, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, for they are useless and futile. After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned.” — Titus 3:9-11; (see also: Proverbs 20:3)
  3. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” — 1 Peter 5:8
  4. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” — Galatians 6:7
  5. “Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness’—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” — James 2:20

Here are five Scripture verses in the Bible about the importance of choosing good friends:

  1. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” — Proverbs 18:7
  2. “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there are true friends more loyal than a brother.” — Proverbs 18:24
  3. “Do not be led astray: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’” — 1 Corinthians 15:33; (see also: Proverbs 22:24-25 & James 4:4)
  4. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11; (see also: Hebrews 10:24-25, Romans 1:12 & Proverbs 27:17)
  5. “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” — Proverbs 16:28; (see also: Proverbs 17:9)
  6. (Bonus): “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” — Proverbs 18:24

Here are five Scripture verses in the Bible about the importance of being a good neighbor:

  1. “One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” — Proverbs 12:26; (see also: Romans 14:1)
  2. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” — Luke 6:31; (see also: Matthew 7:12 & 1 John 3:17-18)
  3. “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord” — Leviticus 19:18; (see also: Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, John 13:34-35, James 2:8, Galatians 5:14, 1 John 4:21 & Philippians 2:3)
  4. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” — Romans 12:18
  5. “‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’” — Exodus 20:17

I wanted to do one on how we ought to treat foreigners, but that will have to be for another fake feast day ; )