Proverbs 12:15 gives us a modern art painting still in the making waiting for each of us to finish and frame with our face of joyful pride in our own eyes. Solomon speaks and we sit up and listen, but do we embrace the counsel?


Solomon says in 12:15 in different ways but always the same ‘a fool is a fool’:

NKJ “The ways of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.

NIV “The way of a fool seems right to him,
but a wise man listens to advice.”

Message “Fools are headstrong and do what they like;
wise people take advice. ”

Let’s try a few more translations and see if it gets any better:

NLT ” Fools think their own way is right,
but the wise listen to others.”

AST “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.”

Solomon, the author of these active words , like yeast, working in the making of bread was the King of Israel, the son of David and Bathsheba. He took the throne of Israel about the age of 40 and reign for 40 years. Solomon has a reputation with a face of “A Man of Wisdom.” We have come to understand that Solomon’s strength was unlike his father’s. For his Father was a great leader of many wars while Solomon’s strengths were in the realm of the mind, meditation, planning, negotiation and organization. When Solomon wrote Proverbs he was at the height of his power and had matured. Yet not aged, as we understand that he wrote Ecclesiastes in his older age and was more inclined to philosophical conclusions by that time.

As each of us pick up our canvas and paint brushes with lavish colors and go to work we see color, we see instructions, we see reprimand, yet, we at times, fail to embrace it’s beauty. Why? Yes, why, do we want to play the fool? Shakespeare tried to understand and answer, as many other greats in history have tried.

What does our face look like today? Is it a face of a jester, wearing a cap with bells on it and carrying a mock scepter? Are we a buffoon, a hoot, a wisecracker, a smart-ass, a smart aleck?

Let us take our lessons from Solomon and use meditation, planning, negotiation and organization to see if our face is the face of a fool? Let us count the ways that we have taken counsel and embraced the counsel with all that is within us and watch our canvass beam with color as our face becomes the face of the wise. Still the abstract painting as it will show abstract forms for the wise to decipher while the fool will never understand.

NKJ “The ways of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.