Four sorts of men (and women)

Recently while browsing through my folders on the book of Proverbs I ran across an article with a quotation about four sorts of men. I see that the quotation is attributed to different sources, but it is usually called an Arabian proverb.

There are four sorts of men:

  • He who knows not and knows not he knows not: he is a fool — shun him.
  • He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is simple — teach him.
  • He who knows and knows not he knows: he is asleep — wake him.
  • He who knows and knows he knows: he is wise — follow him.

There are several penetrating statements about the wise man in the book of Proverbs. Here are a few of the references.

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (Proverbs 1:5 NAU)

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. (Proverbs 9:8 NAU)

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. (Proverbs 9:9 NAU)

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Proverbs 26:12 NAU)

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