The Song of Fools

Eccl. 7:5-6.

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity

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I wanted a good explanation for the song of fools, and I found this one on The Bible “the song of fools; the vain and impure songs that foolish men sing in the house of mirth.” Any time I hear this phrase, “the song of fools,” I think of Frank Sinatra singing “I did it MY WAY!”

And what is a house of mirth? Several ideas exist about that. Some consider it simply a dwelling place of foolish people who lack in common sense. Others believe it would be equivalent in our day to a bar or a nightclub in which inappropriate entertainment is available. In any case, it is not a good place for a believer who wants to live biblically

No one enjoys rebuke. Having one’s faults pointed out can be painful and humiliating. But it is much better for us to be reproved by a wise and godly friend than to hear the song of fools.

The laughter of fools in v. 7 is compared to thorns burning under a pot. The thorns make a lot of noise, but they don’t contribute much heat. If you want a pot to boil, you need the steady heat of good firewood, not the useless snapping and popping of thorns.

Again, don’t be confused about this. God does not condemn joy and laughter. But there is laughter that is vain, foolish, and short-lived. The joy of a believer, the laughter that can come with good fellowship, these are gifts of God.

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