I ‘Pethı̂y’ the Fool!

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Published on: January 10, 2015

Read the title again. It’s not a typographical error. As a matter of fact, it’s the Hebrew word for one of five fools describes in your Bible. I keep retreating to a discipline that someone wiser than me, exhorted me to do every day. He advised me to incorporate into my daily behavior the reading of one Proverb a day and five Psalms as day. That way, at the end of each month, you will have ingested the heart of the Creator. Well, after about almost 20 years of cycling round and round, I see more and more, as Abba Father reveals more and more. You see, if one doesn’t show him or herself a workman approved unto Him, why should He disperse any more of His valuable Truth? As Jack Nicholson said in one of his movies, “You can’t handle The Truth.” In a way, didn’t The Messiah say that to the Sons of Thunder in Luke 9:55?

I had heard once long ago about the 5 types of ‘fools’ in the Proverbs and the topic has been prodding me to dig deeper. The person who had introduced me to the topic was Bill Gothard through his Basic life Principles back in the mid-90’s while I was a part of a local Church of Christ. Go figure… never know where the nuggets are hidden. Nevertheless, I am grateful for all the events, people, teachings and yes even New testament Christianity that paved the bumpy road to get me to where I am today. (I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger. A good song to Google when you get a chance.)

But don’t ‘Pithy’ me, Every Now and then there’s a fool such as I, hmmm,… nother song. This one was written by Bill Trader. That’s what you get when you ask a DJ to write some words in an article! A jumbo of Scripture and songs from many decades mixed in the roux of a gray matter called a brain. Back to the Fool!

Why is this important to you, the believer? Well, there are some fools that you are to totally avoid! Did you know that?

The 5 fool categories are as follows: a ‘Pethiy’ fool. This is one who is seducible, and simple, implies extreme vulnerability, literally meaning ‘to be opened up.’ He lacks discernment, opens his or her mind to any passing thought, he’s easily captivated by all kinds of enticements and deceptions. Dangerously immature, extremely gullible and intensely curious. Left alone, without instruction or discipline, he will move in the wrong direction, vulnerable to seduction and moral failure. Anyone you know?

Then there’s the ‘silly fool’ or ‘Eviyl fool.’ He’s perverse and his mouth gets him in trouble. When things go wrong for him, he becomes angry, which results in more damage. He believes his own way of thinking is right, so much so that he reacts to instruction when offered. “The Fear of the Yah is the beginning of wisdom; but a fool’s wrath (eviyl) is heavier than them both” (Proverbs 1:7). This word appears 25 times in Scripture. Argument, persuasion and advice from well-meaning friends generally fail to convince this type fool. More often than not, proper correction from authorities and public shame get his attention (see Proverbs 7:22 and 29:9).

Up until now, these 2 types of fools have hope and one can actually have a relationship with them, as well as be one from time to time.

The next 3 types of fools are ones that you might want to stay away from, if you don’t want to get corrupted in your walk. The Sensual Fool, or ‘K’siyl’ is described as ‘fat’ or ‘stupid.’ He seems determined to make the wrong choices, not because of a mental deficiency, but rather flat out rejects the wisdom of God. The sensual fool’s focus is on that which brings him immediate pleasure and he glories in that which should bring shame. This fool’s mouth gets him in even more trouble than the ‘Pithy’ fool. He’s downright unreasonable. Our Bible gives is far more warning on this type of fool (70 times) than all the other types of fools. He should be avoided or should I say his tendencies should be avoided because he leads people astray. The prescription for correction is severe punishment. “A companion of fools (k’siyl) shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).

The next 2 type fools should be avoided at all costs. The Scorning fool, or ‘loots/Lutz, is a bad boy. He rejects Truth and embraces that which is abominable. Want to meet him? Read Psalm 1:1. He’s scorning, has a bad attitude towards others and is derisive in behavior and speech. He will not hear a rebuke (Proverbs 13:1; 14:6). He must be driven out (Proverbs 22:10). There’s 27 verses on this bad boy.

Finally, the most dangerous type of fool is the Steadfast Fool, or ‘Nabal’, who is a flat out wicked and vile person. He totally rejects The Creator and His Ways. Meet him in Pslam 14:1. You will shudder. You should shudder. It’s his goal to draw as many others into his evil ways as possible. Do not even think you can begin to handle this fool. You would be a fool to do so. There are 18 verses that describe him.

Hopefully, you can glean the depth of this issue.

How long will you love simplicity, simple ones? And will scorners delight in their scorning? And will fools hate knowledge? Turn at my warning; behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention; but you have despised all my advice, and would have none of my warning. I also will laugh at your trouble; I will mock when your fear comes; when your fear comes as a wasting away, and your ruin comes like a tempest when trouble and pain come upon you. Then they shall call upon me, and I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; instead they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of Jehovah. They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my correction, and they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own desires. For the turning away of the simple kills them, and the ease of fools destroys them. But whoever listens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Proverb 1: 22-33)

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