Listening for Knowledge

Proverbs 14:7  Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

In this one verse there is a great lesson that, if we learn it, would probably prevent many problems in our lives. When reading this verse, there are a few things we take notice of. We see it does not say “contend with him hoping to instruct him or change his mind”, but we are told to go from him! It also doesn’t say, “When thou perceivest the lips of ignorance”, but rather it says “When thou perceivest not the lips of knowledge”.

This indicates that we should not just put up with ignorance while we shake our heads and smile so as to “show the love of God”, but it means we are to actively listen for knowledge and wisdom and when we perceive not these things, we are to go from their presence. Obviously this does not indicate that we should be rude in any way, but it does indicate to us our responsibility to ensure we are keeping the right kind of company.

This thought also goes along with Proverbs 14:18  The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The word “simple” is translated from the Hebrew word pethiy; which means foolish and naïve. This goes along with Verse 7 in that those who do not posses lips of knowledge will inherit the folly of their foolishness.

They will start and stop many tasks without really ever seeing any of them through to completion, thus never really seeing success in much of anything meaningful. They will make statements; sometimes very bombastic statements as if those statements are complete truth and when someone corrects them with facts on any of these erroneous statements, they will either turn against that person or just act like they didn’t hear them.

This is because, in their own world of population one, they are never wrong, they are always right, and anyone who says anything differently is an ignorant devil…with their Bible verses and facts and references and stuff!! The folly they will inherit is the consequences of their foolish actions!

Out of all the crowns mentioned in the Bible, we do not talk about the crown of knowledge very much, but we should because it is this crown that leads and teaches us to learn and to seek out the other crowns! True knowledge is truly a crown of its own!!

Published by Jason Fulmer

Jason Fulmer is a Pastor and Personal Development Teacher. He currently operates two blogs: where he posts Bible-based Pastoral articles, and where he posts Bible-based leadership and development articles. His life's goal is to encourage men and women to go to THEIR next level of living and leading. He believes the best way to accomplish this goal is through Education and Example!

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