The Speech of a Fool


NAU Psalm 74:18 Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.

NIV Psalm 74:18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, O LORD, how foolish people have reviled your name.

NKJ Psalm 74:18 Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.

The picture of a fool painted by Scripture keeps getting uglier and uglier. Only a fool would arrogantly assert that there is no God (Psalm 14:1). The fool will continue to manifest himself through contention (Prov 18:6) and hypocrisy (Luke 11:39, 40). With these kinds of characteristics it should be no surprise that blasphemy is a part of the package of a fool.

What does it mean to blaspheme? It means to speak irreverently, or to taunt (i.e. to rebuke with insults). While the verse ascribes the fool with blaspheming (i.e. reproaching, mocking or reviling) God, he is also not adverse to blaspheming peers when spurred on by emotional frustration. He will then manifest his foolishness through illogical statements.

The second half of the verse reinforces this thought. The fool spurns or despises the very Name of God or others in authority. He looks with disfavor upon those with honor – especially God – and is not afraid to use speech as verbal assault or abuse on them.

We live in a foolish society.

The ultimate lesson for followers of Jesus the Christ or Messiah is to control our emotions so that we do not use our speech irreverently or abusively toward another.

The lesson to the biblical fool – the one who rejects the reality of God – is to stop and consider how thin is the ice you are standing upon, and rather than verbally mocking the One who created you, from whom you are separated by sin, instead humble yourself before your Creator and accept the provision of His Savior.


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