FROM: 3/10/02 Radio Program
Question: "Is This Scripture In The Bible: 'It's So Plain That Even A Fool Could Understand It'"?
I looked in no less than two concordances (searching under "fool," "fools," and "foolish"), and cannot find that
phrase, nor any derivation of it.
However, after some study, I have found the following:
1) I found the opposite being taught in Psalm 92:5-6. David said, "O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this."|
2) Some have suggested a passage in Isaiah 35:8 which says: "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring
men, though fools, shall not err therein." (KJV) I have a hard time reconciling our querists question with what
is said in this verse, though.
a. Isaiah 35:8 in the NAS ends with the words: "... fools will not wander on it." Perhaps this could be interpreted as they will not wander away because it is so clear? I am not sure.
b. The Amplified Version says, "... the simple ones shall not err in it and lose their way."
3) One final suggestion might be: Psalm 119: "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."
As sometimes happens, there is no clear-cut answer to this. Perhaps this was just a saying our caller grew up hearing and thought it was in the Bible.
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