Proverbs 10:23
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New International Version
A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

New Living Translation
Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.

English Standard Version
Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

New American Standard Bible
Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

King James Bible
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As shameful conduct is pleasure for a fool, so wisdom is for a man of understanding.

International Standard Version
Just as the fool considers wickedness his joy, so is wisdom to the discerning man.

NET Bible
Carrying out a wicked scheme is enjoyable to a fool, and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A moron, in making merry, does evil, and a man has wisdom by his reasoning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like the laughter of a fool when he carries out an evil plan, so is wisdom to a person who has understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To make an abomination is as sport to the fool, but wisdom is recreation to the man of intelligence.

King James 2000 Bible
It is as sport to a fool to do wrong: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

American King James Version
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

American Standard Version
It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness; And'so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool worketh mischief as it were for sport: but wisdom is prudence to a man.

Darby Bible Translation
It is as sport to a foolish [man] to do wickedness; but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

English Revised Version
It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness: and so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

World English Bible
It is a fool's pleasure to do wickedness, but wisdom is a man of understanding's pleasure.

Young's Literal Translation
To execute inventions is as play to a fool, And wisdom to a man of understanding.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:22. That wealth which is truly desirable, has no vexation of spirit in the enjoyment; no grief for the loss; no guilt by the abuse of it. What comes from the love of God, has the grace of God for its companion. 23. Only foolish and wicked men divert themselves with doing harm to others, or tempting to sin. 24. The largest desire of eternal blessings the righteous can form, will be granted. 25. The course of prosperous sinners is like a whirlwind, which soon spends itself, and is gone. 26. As vinegar sets the teeth on edge, and as the smoke causes the eyes to smart, so the sluggard vexes his employer. 27,28. What man is he that loves life? Let him fear God, and that will secure to him life enough in this world, and eternal life in the other.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - As sport. The wicked make their pastime and amusement in doing evil. A man of understanding hath wisdom. As thus put, the sentence is jejune. The Revised Version expresses the meaning better: "And so is wisdom to a man of understanding;" i.e. the wise man finds his refreshment in living a wise and prudent life, which is as easy and as pleasant to him as mischief is to the vicious. The wisdom intended is practical religion, the fear of God directing and showing itself in daily action. Septuagint, "A fool doeth mischief in sport (ἐν γέλωτι), but wisdom produceth prudence for a man."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief,.... To do any injury to the persons and properties of men; which shows a most wicked and malicious spirit, a very depraved nature indeed: or rather "to commit sin" (o) of any sort, which he has devised in his own heart; it is as a "laughing" (p), as the words may be rendered; it is a laughing matter to him, he commits sin, and, when he has done it, laughs at it; instead of being ashamed of it, and humbled for it, he makes a mock at it, and a jest of it, as well as of all religion, and of the reproofs and admonitions of good men. Sin is pastime, he takes as much delight and pleasure in it as men do in their sports, and commits it as openly and freely; yea, not only takes pleasure in doing it himself, but in them that do it; see Proverbs 14:9;

but a man of understanding hath wisdom; to avoid sin, and not to do it, which is true wisdom, Job 28:28; for he has, as it may be rendered, from the use of the word in the Arabic language (q), a "bridle" or "restraint" upon him, that he cannot do mischief and delight in it, as the fool does: or "so is wisdom to a man of understanding" (r); that is, to do it; as it is a pleasure to a feel to commit sin, so it is a delight to an understanding man to do that which is wise and good; it is "meat and drink" to do the will of God, see John 4:34; he takes as much pleasure in it as men can do in their sports and pastimes; he has a truer pleasure and a better relish than they have; he delights in the law of God after the inward man; and Wisdom's ways, or the ways of Christ, are pleasantness to him; he runs the ways of his commandments with great alacrity and cheerfulness.

(o) "facere scelus", Montanus, Baynus, Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius, Michaelis; "perpetrare scelus", Piscator; "patrare facinus", Schultens. (p) "veluti risus", Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis. (q) Vid. Schultens de Defect. Hod. Ling. Heb. s. 216. (r) So some in Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. Sin is the pleasure of the wicked; wisdom that of the good.

Proverbs 10:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
22It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. 23Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding. 24What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted.…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:14
who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,

Proverbs 15:21
Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
Treasury of Scripture

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

Proverbs 15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding …

Proverbs 26:18,19 As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death…

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

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