Foolish Life StrategiesAdapted from work by Harold Bullock
In Hebrew six different words are translated fool in English. Understanding the different fools gives greater insight to the Scriptures.We all dabble with or have been mired in these foolish strategies. Can you identify your struggles and the way of escape?
PethiyThe Simpleton; gullibleUnfamiliar with biblical teachings, so he is easily led astrayLoose in his grasp of how life should be lived, believing many alternative approaches to lifeThey are easily seduced: easy prey for false teachersPinocchio
Proverbs 13:16Every prudent man acts out of knowledge,but a fool exposes his folly.
PethiyNeeds to:Learn the word of God
Keseel: the easy wayLazy +Big Dreams = a need for a magic key: If only such-and-such would happen, Id be successfulWaiting for something to happen to him rather than creating opportunities with hard workHis inclinations to unreality and laziness lead to a life littered with failures
Proverbs 14:16A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil,but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
Proverbs 26:11As a dog returns to its vomit,so a fool repeats his folly.
Proverbs 28:26He who trusts in himself is a fool,but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
Ecclesiastes 4:5The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.
KeseelNeeds to:Work hardTrust GodHang in there
Eveel: my wayIts MY way or youll be sorryStubborn, loud, quarrelsome, manipulative: willing to make a scene to achieve goals; always ready to fightMocks at forgiveness
Proverbs 27:3Stone is heavy and sand a burden,but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.
Proverbs 17:12Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubsthan a fool in his folly.
EveelNeeds to Let go of controlLet other people be adults
Cakal: the fun wayInstant gratification: I want it NOW! without thought of consequencesMost stupid appearing of allTend toward addictionsMay be very religious, but perceives no connection between BELIEF and BEHAVIORGod Himself must break the cycle; this guy is too foolish to heed warnings -- Ps 29:1
Proverbs 29:1A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukeswill suddenly be destroyed without remedy.
CakalNeeds toPut belief and behavior togetherKnow that responsibility develops us, not pleasure
Halal: Glory waySelf-exaltaion; Seeks his own advancement: attention seekerThis one we all will struggle with all of our daysCapable leaders, but with an underhanded edgeBelieves in God but doesnt believe that He does anythingThese are church splitters; wolves
Ecclesiastes 9:3This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.
Prov 27:22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,grinding him like grain with a pestle,you will not remove his folly from him.
HalalNeeds to:Learn to serve othersBe patient for God to bring honor
Nabal: The predatory way Deliberately evilMay be very successful in business or in social circlesA consistent atheist. He acts based on his belief: he is freely immoral or amoral. He does not believe that he will face any accountability before GodIf there are two ways of accomplishing a task and one is hurtful to others, he will chose the hurtful way
Psalms 14:1 The fool says in his heart,"There is no God."
Deut 32:21 So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,
NabalNeeds to:Be kindHealDo good