Here are 148 Bible verses about foolishness from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, King James Version, sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.
Proverbs 1:7 KJV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
2 Samuel 15:31 KJV
And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
Romans 1:22 KJV
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Psalm 14:1 KJV
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Proverbs 18:2-3 KJV
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
1 Corinthians 1:21 KJV
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Matthew 5:22 KJV
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Proverbs 13:20 KJV
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Psalm 38:5 KJV
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 KJV
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
Proverbs 29:11 KJV
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
1 Corinthians 4:10 KJV
We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
Psalm 69:5 KJV
O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
Romans 1:31 KJV
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Proverbs 10:8 KJV
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Proverbs 12:15 KJV
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Job 5:2-3 KJV
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
Proverbs 3:35 KJV
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
James 1:26 KJV
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Proverbs 12:23 KJV
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
Jeremiah 10:14 KJV
Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
Proverbs 17:28 KJV
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Psalm 92:5-6 KJV
O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
Ecclesiastes 5:4 KJV
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
Proverbs 18:6 KJV
A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Proverbs 14:24 KJV
The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
Jeremiah 51:17 KJV
Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
Psalm 107:17 KJV
Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Proverbs 10:23 KJV
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Romans 14:1 KJV
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Proverbs 15:2 KJV
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
1 Corinthians 1:20 KJV
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
Proverbs 1:22 KJV
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Psalm 69:5 KJV
O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
Proverbs 12:16 KJV
A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
Ecclesiastes 10:12 KJV
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Proverbs 15:14 KJV
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
Jeremiah 10:21 KJV
For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Proverbs 1:32 KJV
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Proverbs 10:21 KJV
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Proverbs 19:3 KJV
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
2 Timothy 3:9 KJV
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.
Proverbs 14:7 KJV
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
Mark 7:20-22 KJV
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Proverbs 22:15 KJV
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Jeremiah 10:8 KJV
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
Proverbs 23:9 KJV
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Proverbs 13:19 KJV
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Isaiah 35:8 KJV
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
1 Corinthians 1:23 KJV
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
Galatians 6:7-8 KJV
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Proverbs 24:9 KJV
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
Jeremiah 4:22 KJV
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Proverbs 10:18-19 KJV
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Ephesians 5:15-16 KJV
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
1 Corinthians 1:25 KJV
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Luke 16:13 KJV
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Proverbs 27:22 KJV
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Hosea 7:11 KJV
Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
Proverbs 15:21 KJV
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
Proverbs 18:7 KJV
A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
1 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
Psalm 118:8 KJV
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Ecclesiastes 7:25 KJV
I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
Job 4:21 KJV
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
Proverbs 18:13 KJV
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Proverbs 17:16 KJV
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
Proverbs 20:3 KJV
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Romans 12:17-21 KJV
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Ecclesiastes 10:13 KJV
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
Job 12:24 KJV
He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Proverbs 29:20 KJV
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Ephesians 4:32 KJV
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Job 17:4 KJV
For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
Isaiah 32:6 KJV
For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
Proverbs 26:19 KJV
So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
Galatians 3:1 KJV
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Ecclesiastes 10:1-3 KJV
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left. Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
Proverbs 28:26 KJV
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
1 Corinthians 3:20 KJV
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Proverbs 26:7 KJV
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Proverbs 29:9 KJV
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
1 Corinthians 1:27 KJV
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
Proverbs 24:7 KJV
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Proverbs 19:29 KJV
Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
Proverbs 14:16 KJV
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Proverbs 26:4-5 KJV
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Proverbs 26:11 KJV
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Proverbs 15:18 KJV
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Ecclesiastes 7:5 KJV
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Proverbs 26:6-7 KJV
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Luke 6:39 KJV
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
Ephesians 5:1-7 KJV
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Romans 1:16 KJV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 12:2 KJV
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Proverbs 15:5 KJV
A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
James 1:19-20 KJV
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 14:8 KJV
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Psalm 53:1 KJV
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
2 Timothy 3:16 KJV
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Philippians 2:2-8 KJV
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Proverbs 24:29 KJV
Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
Ephesians 5:17 KJV
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
1 Corinthians 1:24 KJV
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Luke 24:25 KJV
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Proverbs 19:1 KJV
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Matthew 7:24 KJV
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Proverbs 14:9 KJV
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Matthew 6:33 KJV
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Proverbs 14:15 KJV
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Galatians 6:2 KJV
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Acts 17:10-11 KJV
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Matthew 16:26 KJV
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Proverbs 17:25 KJV
A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
Psalm 74:18 KJV
Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
Revelation 22:18 KJV
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
1 Corinthians 2:6 KJV
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
Luke 1:37 KJV
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Matthew 7:12 KJV
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Jeremiah 17:11 KJV
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Revelation 1:1 KJV
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Matthew 23:16-19 KJV
Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
Titus 3:9 KJV
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
John 3:16-17 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Matthew 7:26-27 KJV
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
John 14:6 KJV
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Philippians 4:8 KJV
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Acts 2:38 KJV
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Ecclesiastes 7:4 KJV
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Proverbs 10:13 KJV
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
Proverbs 21:20 KJV
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Ecclesiastes 2:16 KJV
For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
Proverbs 17:21 KJV
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
2 Corinthians 11:16-17 KJV
I say again, let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
Ecclesiastes 2:15 KJV
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 6:8 KJV
For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
Proverbs 16:22 KJV
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
Job 12:16-17 KJV
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
Psalm 5:5 KJV
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Exodus 32:25 KJV
And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)
Job 2:10 KJV
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Psalm 74:21-22 KJV
O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name. Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.