(Proverbs 26:1 KJV) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
Half of this chapter is about fools. The “fool” (3684) is a very frequent theme in the book of Proverbs. It is interesting that Wisdom Literature spends so much time talking about people who are the antithesis of wise. That is probably because we are surrounded by them. My hope is that I will not become one of them.
As I look at the comments about fools and the other types of people such as sluggards and gossips in this chapter, I find that the concept of choice keeps coming up. Obviously the point is made that fools, sluggards, gossips and haters are that way by choice. What is easy to miss is that fools are given opportunities by those of us who chose to use them. We listen to them, hire them, trust them. We become enablers.
So? Maybe a part of wisdom we need to pay attention to is identifying fools and avoiding them.