Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

   so fools repeat their folly.

12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?

   There is more hope for a fool than for them.

 

The fool may be sorry for the consequences, but he is not sorry for his behavior. He never truly repents, he is as sure to return to his foolishness as a dog to its vomit. Rather than resolving to avoid the trap, he plans instead to not get caught. His failure leads only to self pity, he does not realize that he is his own victim.
“Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.” No one is less teachable than the arrogant. While the fool may eventually respond to punishment and alter his ways, the pride of the arrogant keeps them from ever admitting their error. “The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.  Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

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