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News Item 348. Mishlei 19-03 (Blame)

A new proverb was posted to the Mishlei section on Thursday, October 26.



ג) אִוֶּלֶת אָדָם תְּסַלֵּף דַּרְכּוֹ וְעַל ה‘ יִזְעַף לִבּוֹ)

A man's own foolishness corrupts his way, yet his heart rages against Hashem.
As we have seen, Mishlei repeatedly emphasizes the importance of actively using our minds, and doing whatever is right within the framework of the options that are available to us. Here Mishlei refers to the failure of using one’s mind as foolishness ( אִוֶּלֶת ). Such foolishness is disastrous to a person because it can have the effect of corrupting his way ( תְּסַלֵּף דַּרְכּוֹ ) through life. A person who consistently fails to think things through may be forced to face harsh consequences because man’s life is governed by a system of reward and punishment, laws of action and reaction. If a person allows his life to be dominated by foolish thinking, he will be inclined to resent what has happened to his life. His heart will then want to blame Hashem ( וְעַל ה‘ יִזְעַף לִבּוֹ ) for not making it easier for him. But it does a man no good to rage against Hashem, for the foolish person has only himself to blame.