Twice in a 3-verse passage, God repeats a unique, obscure warning: “a prating fool shall fall.” (Pr 10:8) (Pr 10:10) What’s He telling us? Definitions help.
Prate: to talk idly and at length, foolishly or tediously; chatter.
- Fool: One deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
- Prating Fool: one who jabbers on and on without making sense.
A prating fool shall fall. God evidently wants us to steer clear of fools and the inevitable collateral damage, and to company with the wise. (Pr 13:20) He’s dedicated an entire book of the Bible to help us distinguish between them.
Wise men spare words (Pr 10:19); God exhorts us to measure each one, speaking only as necessary. (Ja 1:19) This is both for our protection (Pr 13:3) and our promotion. (Pr 17:28). Wisdom walks carefully and thoughtfully, aware that missteps are costly.
Life is tough, but it’s tougher when we’re stupid. Let’s not play the fool, or company with them. Let’s enjoy God and His ways, being careful to heed all His warnings.