The Vexation of a Fool - Proverbs 12:16

Proverbs 12:16

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


Obviously, this verse doesn't need much explanation. Rather, it calls for reflection and meditation:

Is my vexation, or frustration, known at once? When something bothers me, or someone says something offensive, do I quickly let them know? Do I mutter under my breath, become short or curt, or maybe just let it out? When something offends me, do I have to say something about it? When somebody frustrates me, do I take it out on them - is it personal?

These are signs of folly in my life. Prudence knows better. The solution is not to try harder to be prudent; the solution is to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. This Proverb should drive us to consider whether, and if so, then why, we are foolish. If I want to change, I first have to search out the heart of the problem - not an exercise for the faint of heart.


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