Proverbs 12 – I Pity the Fool

“Fools show their annoyance at once,
but the prudent overlook an insult.”

Proverbs 12:16 NIV

We have met this person before. In some cases we have been this person. Proverbs frequently juxtaposes two lifestyles: foolish and wise. The foolish person in this verse is one who flies off the handle, reacts emotionally and spouts “their annoyance.” This makes up like 80% of the internet posts (not a real statistic).

Here we have the word prudent as the opposite of foolish. Someone who is level headed. Who doesn’t fly off the handle at every insult. Why is that important?

Many times people who react emotionally to an offense, then publicly gripe about it, will end up walking those words back or apologizing all together. If you overlook an insult or offense, this verse leads me to believe that’s a prudent thing thing to do. People who think about the weight of their words before speaking (or posting) rarely have to apologize or correct their previous statements.

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