Walk Away from Stupid

Proverbs 14:7

“Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.”

Product Lables

Some proverbs, such as this one, are pretty simple and straightforward. But on the other hand, as some product warning labels make abundantly clear, what should be obvious to most needs to be spelled out to others. Here are some examples:

  • “Don’t drive with shade in place” (warning on inside of cardboard sunscreen).
  • “Not for drying pets” (warning for microwave).
  • “Surface may be hot when turned on” (stove instruction manual).
  • “May cause a fire” (warning on box of matches).

If there were no stupid people in the world, the above warnings would be unnecessary. However, I am sure there have been people amazed when their hands were burned on a stove eye or by a match. I am positive that someone tried to sue a company because the microwave killed her wet cat.

Stupid People

In this proverb God has placed a warning label on stupid people. Yes, I said “stupid” people, for that is what the word translated “foolish” (סִיל kesil) actually implies.[1] The Lord wants us to know that it is not good to just stand and listen to what fools have to say, especially when you realize that what they are saying is void of any knowledge.

So, to put this proverb another way, “When you find yourself in the presence of a stupid idiot, don’t bother listening to what he has to say; walk away.”

Now, it may seem ridiculous to make such a statement, but consider why it is important to not listen to what a fool has to say:

  • A fool does not accept instruction, so arguing with him is pointless.
  • A fool would love to frustrate you and make you angry as you try to argue your point.
  • If you listen to a fool long enough you might begin to believe the stupidity he preaches.

A Prayer

Lord, we need wisdom to be discerning. Help us to recognize those who lack words of knowledge. Help us to know when to contend and when to walk away. Help us to know the difference between a fool and someone who is open to the truth.

[1] Francis Brown, Samuel Rolles Driver and Charles Augustus Briggs, Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, electronic ed. (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2000), 493.


About Anthony Baker

Husband, dad, pastor, artist, and musician. Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006 (no joke!). Loves coffee (big time), good movies, and sarcastic humor. Holds a Doctorate in Ministry. Most importantly, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. All glory belongs to Him! Matthew 5:16 View all posts by Anthony Baker

4 responses to “Walk Away from Stupid

  • Men of One Accord

    the old country song saying “here is your sign”

  • Anthony Baker

    I wanted to put this in the post, but I didn’t know how to fit it in. Plus, I wanted to ask my wife’s permission before I did.

    Years ago, when we were still young, my wife had to have a hysterectomy. It was sad for us to have to go through this, because we knew that the procedure would guarantee no more children. Yet, despite what was obvious, at every turn we were reminded of the obvious like WE were the stupid ones.

    I can’t tell you how many times a different nurse, technician, assistant, or doctor came to us with a paper to sign. And with each new person with a new piece of paper came the following question: “Now you do realize that when you go through with this surgery that there is the possibility you will have no more children?”

    Excuse me? POSSIBILITY? After a few times of this my wife and I started laughing. How POSSIBLE is it to have a child after you have all of your lady parts removed?

    The next person that came into our room and asked us this question got this response: “We want to know what the odds are?” “What,” they would ask? “If there is the possibility of NOT having children after a complete hysterectomy,” I asked, “then what are the possible odds of HAVING a child after a hysterectomy?”

    Believe it or not, they told me they have to ask this question because even after this surgery there are people who try to sue the hospital when they find out they can no longer become pregnant.

    There are truly stupid people in this world. I do believe it.

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