In many cases, when verses of the Book of Proverbs talk about a fool, this describes someone who simply refuses to believe the truth (as in the more famous verses 4-5). Sometimes it refers to someone who consistently makes really bad choices. This chapter of Proverbs begins with 11 verses concerning the fool. It varies from the poor advisability of depending on a fool for anything important, to the harm a fool can do to good people by his actions. Then comes verse 12:
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
The reference to being “wise” in one’s own eyes is used in many passages throughout the Bible. Paul referred to it in Romans 11:25 and Romans 12:16. This refers to a person who will not consider anything that contradicts their own views because they trust their own intelligence and wisdom too much. It is this obstinate arrogance that takes them to a degree beyond a fool. There is little hope for such people because their intellectual conceit will likely prevent them from ever changing. There is hope for the fool, however, if you can ever get one to stop long enough to actually listen.
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