(Proverbs 17:12 KJV) Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
This verse does not mention fear but brings it to my mind. What situations do we avoid? What people do we stay away from? I think of a teacher I knew, actually more than one. Every time I saw him coming I would try to go a different direction. Was he a nasty ogre? No, he was a talker. If you as much as said, “Good morning” you might not make it home in time for dinner. He could not stop. I feared him.
Everyone knows not to get between a mama bear and her cubs. Most of us would not recognize a fool if he was wearing a sign. Proverbs gives us a lot of clues to make the identification. We should get more serious about it.
So? Life is too short to spend a lot of time in the presence of fools. Don’t feel bad when you avoid them. It is a sign of wisdom.