What the Bible Says About Fools That Thinks Themselves to be Wise

Bible Summary. We can think ourselves wise, but without God we are fools. A person that trusts only himself to make good judgment is a fool and is not wise. Instead of seeking wisdom from God, a fool follows his heart that cannot discern truth from lies nor good from evil. Vanity and conceit make people think that they are wise, but the reality is that their conceit has made them a fool. See below for Biblical commentary and advice on fools that think themselves wise.

The Ship of Fools: Thinking Themselves Wise

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A Fool: A Person Without God Who Thinks Himself Wise.

We can be great debaters and think ourselves wise, but without God we are fools. God is the source of all knowledge and truth. He is the one that reveals knowledge to us. Romans 1:22 tells us of unbelievers who professed themselves to be wise, but became fools.

Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

A Fool Thinks Himself Wise To Trust Only on Their Own Counsel.

A person that trusts only himself to make good judgment is a fool and is not wise. God created us to rely on Him for His purposes. He is our moral compass who we should trust to make good decisions in life. Proverbs 12:15 advises us of fools that believe that they are wise in their own eyes.

Proverbs 12:15, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkened unto counsel is wise.”

A Fool and His Wisdom: Follows His Evil Desires Not Knowing the Consequences.

Many a fool thinks he is wise. Instead of seeking wisdom from God, a fool follows his heart that cannot discern truth from lies nor good from evil. Proverbs 14:16 advises us how the wise understand the consequences of their actions and fools do not.

Proverbs 14:16, “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.”


A Fool: His Conceit Convinces Himself That He is Wise.

Vanity and conceit make people think that they are wise, but the reality is that their conceit has made them a fool. When we are full of conceit and pride, we think we are wiser than other people and God. Proverbs 26:12 advises us of how conceit can turn us into fools.

Proverbs 26:12, “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.”

A Fool: Their Imprudence Results in Stupidity and Misinformation.

The definition of imprudent is defined as “lacking forethought or caution; resulting from stupidity or misinformation”. The Bible parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins provides a good example of the definition of imprudence. The five foolish virgins did not follow through on what they needed to do to meet all eventualities. Matthew 25:3 tells us of the imprudence of the five foolish virgins.

Matthew 25:3, “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:”