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Proverbs 26:1-11 contains a detailed though not complete list of characteristics of a fool. Those verses also explain how to respond to a fool. Verse one tells us that we should not bestow honor on a fool. Verse three reminds us that sometimes a whip is needed for a horse, a bridle is needed for a donkey, therefore a fool needs a rod applied to his back to discipline and guide him or her. I testify that I needed a rod to my back many times. Verse four tells us not to respond to folly with folly or else we will become fools ourselves. Verse five tells us to make sure that we find a way to warn the fool of his folly. It does not help the fool to allow him to believe that all is well. Telling the fool of his folly has great potential to help him avoid folly, maybe now and certainly later. Verse six warns us that depending on a fool will certainly bring harm, likely violent harm, to our own selves. Verse seven reminds us not to put much hope in our giving wise sayings to a fool. That wisdom will very likely be useless to the fool. Verse eight points out the stupidity of tying a stone in a sling. The stone must be loose in order to be cast from the sling. A tied stone in a sling is likely to remain in the sling and come back upon the head of the thrower. This stupidity is likened to giving honor to a fool. Giving honor to a fool will certainly damage the reputation of the one who bestows the honor. Verse nine warns us that if a drunkard holds a thornbush in his hand, someone is going to get hurt. Thus, if a proverb comes from the mouth of a fool, it is likely misapplied. Verse ten tells us that a man who hires a fool will bring harm to all who are nearby. Verse eleven lets us know that we should be ready for the fool to repeat his folly over and over and over again.
Stranger Things, the popular 1980's-centric show from Netflix, launched its third season on July 4, taking viewers on a nostalgic mallrat and revenge laden tour of 1985.
The Oakwood Odyssey Cemetery Walk will take place on Saturday May 11, with a special presentation at the Corsicana Public Library, 100 N. 12 Street, Friday, May 10, for those who do not wish to walk through the tour. Call the library for details at 903-654-4810.