Proverbs 1:32
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New International Version
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

New Living Translation
For simpletons turn away from me--to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.

English Standard Version
For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;

New American Standard Bible
"For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.

King James Bible
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

International Standard Version
Indeed, the waywardness of the nave will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

NET Bible
For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.

New Heart English Bible
For the backsliding of the simple will kill them. The careless ease of fools will destroy them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, the turning away of the children will kill them, and the error of feeble minds will destroy them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Gullible people kill themselves because of their turning away. Fools destroy themselves because of their indifference.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the waywardness of the thoughtless shall slay them, And the confidence of fools shall destroy them.

New American Standard 1977
“For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them,
            And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the rest of the ignorant shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

King James 2000 Bible
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

American King James Version
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

American Standard Version
For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The turning away of little ones shall kill them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Darby Bible Translation
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of the foolish shall cause them to perish.

English Revised Version
For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

World English Bible
For the backsliding of the simple will kill them. The careless ease of fools will destroy them.

Young's Literal Translation
For the turning of the simple slayeth them, And the security of the foolish destroyeth them.
Study Bible
Wisdom Calls Aloud
31"So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices. 32"For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33"But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil."…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:22
"How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 5:22
His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

Proverbs 8:5
"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.

Proverbs 8:36
"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."

Isaiah 66:4
So I will choose their punishments And will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight And chose that in which I did not delight."

Jeremiah 2:19
"Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And the dread of Me is not in you," declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

the turning

Proverbs 8:36 But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate …

John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes …

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

and the

Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown …

Psalm 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should …

Psalm 92:6,7 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand this…

Luke 12:16-21 And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich …

Luke 16:19-25 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

Hebrews 12:8 But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then …

James 5:5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have …

prosperity

Jeremiah 48:11,12 Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, …

(32) The turning away of the simple . . .--i.e., from God. (Comp. Jeremiah 2:19.)

Prosperity of fools--i.e., the security, apathy of dull, stupid people (kheslm), who cannot believe that God will fulfil His threatenings. (Comp. Psalms 73 throughout.)

Verse 32. - Wisdom now brings her address to a close by contrasting the destruction and ruin of the foolish, and the security of those who listen to her voice. The turning away; מְשׁוּבָה (m'shuvah), from שׁוּב(shuv), "to turn about, or to return" (which is used metaphorically of conversion), here means defection, turning away; and hence apostasy (aversio Vulgate, Chaldee Paraphrase, Syriac; perversitio, Cast. Version); the "backsliding" of Jeremiah 8:5; Hosea 11:7. Abea Ezra understands it to signify "ease," as in the marginal reading; but there seems no warrant for taking the word in that sense. The LXX. renders the passage quite differently, Ἀνθ ῶν γὰρ ἠδίκουν νηπίους φονευθησονταί "For because they wronged the young, they shall be slain;" so also the Arabic. The turning away is from the warnings and invitations of Wisdom, and implies rebelliousness against God. The prosperity. The word in the original (שַׁלְוָה, shal'vah) is here used in a bad sense, and means "carelessness, indolence," that carnal security which is induced by prosperity and worldly success, as in Jeremiah 22:21, "I spoke to thee in thy prosperity (security), but thou saidst, I will not hear" (cf. Ezekiel 16:49, where it is translated "idleness." So Dathe translates, "Incuria ignavorum eos perdit." The Chaldee Paraphrase and Syriac Versions read "error." It occurs in a good sense as "tranquillity," "security," in Proverbs 17:1 and Psalm 122:7. The derivation of the word is from שָׁלָה (shalah). "to be tranquil, to be safe, secure." Marines remarks that it is more difficult to bear prosperity than adversity, because we endure adversity, we are corrupted by prosperity, and prosperity or ease makes fools mad. The false security of the prosperous is illustrated by our Lord in his parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21). The LXX. differs again from the Hebrew in the second clause of this verse, καὶ ἐξετασμός ἀσεβεῖς ὀλεῖ; i.e. the carefully considered judgment of God concerning them shall destroy them. The LXX, is followed by the Arabia. Them; i.e. the fools themselves, and not other sinners, as Ben Ezra says, though the apparent security of fools, the impunity with which they seem to go on in their wickedness, and the success of their plans, may lead others to destruction. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them,.... Or be the cause of their being slain; even their turning away from Christ, their aversion to him; their turning their backs on him, and a deaf ear to him; their turning away from his Gospel, and putting it from them, thereby judging themselves unworthy of everlasting life: in all which they showed themselves to be the "simple" and "foolish" persons they were; and for which wrath and ruin came upon them, and they were slain with the sword and famine, and by one another. Some render it, as Aben Ezra, "the rest" or "quietness of the simple" (k), &c. taking up their rest in themselves, and in their observance of ceremonies and traditions; and crying Peace, peace, when sudden destruction was at hand: or a stubborn hardened rest in sin, a seared conscience; having no sense of guilt, nor fear of punishment; living in carnal security till death should seize upon them;

and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them; that is, the abuse of it; leading them to commit sins, which bring destruction upon them; or, seeing sinners live with impunity, and prosper in the world, take encouragement from thence to indulge themselves in sin, which is their ruin; or, being in prosperity, think it will always be well with them, and therefore put away the evil day far from them, which comes upon them at an unawares; which was the case of the Jews.

(k) "requies", Vatablus, Baynus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "quies", Junius & Tremellius; so some in Ben Melech. 32. turning away—that is, from the call of Pr 1:23.

simple—as in Pr 1:22.

prosperity—quiet, implying indifference.1:20-33 Solomon, having showed how dangerous it is to hearken to the temptations of Satan, here declares how dangerous it is not to hearken to the calls of God. Christ himself is Wisdom, is Wisdoms. Three sorts of persons are here called by Him: 1. Simple ones. Sinners are fond of their simple notions of good and evil, their simple prejudices against the ways of God, and flatter themselves in their wickedness. 2. Scorners. Proud, jovial people, that make a jest of every thing. Scoffers at religion, that run down every thing sacred and serious. 3. Fools. Those are the worst of fools that hate to be taught, and have a rooted dislike to serious godliness. The precept is plain; Turn you at my reproof. We do not make a right use of reproofs, if we do not turn from evil to that which is good. The promises are very encouraging. Men cannot turn by any power of their own; but God answers, Behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you. Special grace is needful to sincere conversion. But that grace shall never be denied to any who seek it. The love of Christ, and the promises mingled with his reproofs, surely should have the attention of every one. It may well be asked, how long men mean to proceed in such a perilous path, when the uncertainty of life and the consequences of dying without Christ are considered? Now sinners live at ease, and set sorrow at defiance; but their calamity will come. Now God is ready to hear their prayers; but then they shall cry in vain. Are we yet despisers of wisdom? Let us hearken diligently, and obey the Lord Jesus, that we may enjoy peace of conscience and confidence in God; be free from evil, in life, in death, and for ever.
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