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The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge (Proverbs 14:18, ESV). The simple in this profound saying is the naïve. Those who are naïve may be those of youth or it may be those who choose not to become wise. For those of youth, it’s a matter of experience, and the education gained from that. Those who choose not to become wise, on the other hand, it is not a matter of education, but the rejection of it. This kind of man is foolish. The Lord looks upon the wise man as one crowned with the Lord’s wisdom; this moves him through the crowed mass of ignorance.