King Solomon’s Wisdom on Wise or Foolish

This post is absolutely correct, but ends with curious problem. As near as I can tell, King Solomon never specifically condemns calling someone names. Here are some references that provide decent lists of where the Bible does condemn Calling Someone Names.

Jesus condemned calling someone names.

Matthew 5:21-22 English Standard Version (ESV)

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

With fewer words (proverbs do that), King Solomon said something curiously similar.

Proverbs 12:16 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,
    but the prudent ignores an insult.

Yet that is not the verse  Rudy u Martinka chose. Why? It seems he has a slight larger point in mind. Check it out.

Rudy u Martinka

Why do I  try to stop my young grandchildren from using the words dumb or stupid?

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3 thoughts on “King Solomon’s Wisdom on Wise or Foolish

  1. Thanks for the reblog and your astute understanding of the post ulterior message, the real source of true wisdom.
    In regards to your reference Matthew 21, my interpretation is that his message was directed to a person who instigates to destroy the unity of followers (council), or brothers of Christ’s teachings by implying they were fools in believing in Christ. Matthew states the instigators would be condemned to hell.
    King Solomon to my understanding and interpretation of his teachings had no bones about calling a fool a fool.
    Regards and good will blogging.


    1. What you say makes good sense.

      Some say we should never judge others, but the verse such usually cite says “for in the way you judge, you will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). Hence, Jesus encouraged us to judge others as better than ourselves. Yet there are times when another’s behavior renders him unsuited for any such charity. That’s why I think The Sermon on the Mount also includes this verse.

      Matthew 7:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

      6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

      When people behave so evilly, we can do them no good. We can only harm ourselves if we do not treat dogs and pigs according to their behavior. Thus, in our hearts we must judge others, and we must label some people — because they insist upon behaving no better — as dogs and pigs.


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