Proverbs 12:16
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New International Version
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

New Living Translation
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

English Standard Version
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

New American Standard Bible
A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.

King James Bible
A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool's displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible.

International Standard Version
The anger of a fool becomes readily apparent, but the prudent person overlooks an insult.

NET Bible
A fool's annoyance is known at once, but the prudent overlooks an insult.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A fool immediately makes his wrath known and a cunning one hides his insult.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a stubborn fool is irritated, he shows it immediately, but a sensible person hides the insult.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A fool's wrath is presently known, but he who covers the injury is sane.

King James 2000 Bible
A fool's wrath is at once known: but a prudent man covers shame.

American King James Version
A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covers shame.

American Standard Version
A fool's vexation is presently known; But a prudent man concealeth shame.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool immediately sheweth his anger: but he that dissembleth injuries is wise.

Darby Bible Translation
The vexation of the fool is presently known; but a prudent [man] covereth shame.

English Revised Version
A fool's vexation is presently known: but a prudent man concealeth shame.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

World English Bible
A fool shows his annoyance the same day, but one who overlooks an insult is prudent.

Young's Literal Translation
The fool -- in a day is his anger known, And the prudent is covering shame.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:16. A foolish man is soon angry, and is hasty in expressing it; he is ever in trouble and running into mischief. It is kindness to ourselves to make light of injuries and affronts, instead of making the worst of them. 17. It is good for all to dread and detest the sin of lying, and to be governed by honesty. 18. Whisperings and evil surmises, like a sword, separate those that have been dear to each other. The tongue of the wise is health, making all whole. 19. If truth be spoken, it will hold good; whoever may be disobliged, still it will keep its ground. 20. Deceit and falsehood bring terrors and perplexities. But those who consult the peace and happiness of others have joy in their own minds. 21. If men are sincerely righteous, the righteous God has engaged that no evil shall happen to them. But they that delight in mischief shall have enough of it. 22. Make conscience of truth, not only in words, but in actions. 23. Foolish men proclaim to all the folly and emptiness of their minds. 24. Those who will not take pains in an honest calling, living by tricks and dishonesty, are paltry and beggarly. 25. Care, fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, deprive men of vigour in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad. 26. The righteous is abundant; though not in this world's goods, yet in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, which are the true riches. Evil men vainly flatter themselves that their ways are not wrong. 27. The slothful man makes no good use of the advantages Providence puts in his way, and has no comfort in them. The substance of a diligent man, though not great, does good to him and his family. He sees that God gives it to him in answer to prayer. 28. The way of religion is a straight, plain way; it is the way of righteousness. There is not only life at the end, but life in the way; all true comfort.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - A fool's wrath is presently ("in the day," αὐθημερόν) known. A foolish man, if he is vexed, insulted, or slighted, has no idea of controlling himself or checking the expression of his aroused feelings; he at once, in the same day on which he has been incensed, makes his vexation known. A prudent man covereth - concealeth - shame; takes no notice of an affront at the moment, knowing that by resenting it he will only make matters worse, and that it is best to let passions cool before he tries to set the matter right (comp. Proverbs 20:22; Proverbs 24:29). Christ's injunction goes far beyond this maxim of worldly prudence: "I say unto you that ye resist not evil;" "Unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek, offer also the other" (Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29); and it is certain that these maxims might be carried into practice much more than they are, even in the present state of society. Septuagint, "A clever man (πανοῦργος; callidus, Vulgate) concealeth his own disgrace." Corn. a Lapide quotes a Hebrew proverb which asserts that a man's character is accurately discerned "by purse, by cup, by anger;" i.e. by his conduct in money transactions, under the influence of wine, and in the excitement of anger.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A fool's wrath is presently known,.... Having no command of himself, he cannot repress it, nor keep it in; no sooner is he provoked but he shows it in his countenance, and by his words and actions; it is to be seen in the fire of his eyes, in the frowns of his face, in the gnashing of his teeth, and in the stamping of his feet, as well as in the bitter expressions of his mouth: or "a fool's wrath in that day is known" (b); in the same day in which the provocation is given; yea, in the same hour, and in the same moment; he cannot defer showing it for the least space of time; or it is openly known, it is to be seen and observed by everyone: or thus, "a fool is presently known by his wrath" (c); see Ecclesiastes 7:9;

but a prudent man covereth shame; conceals his anger and resentment at any injury done him by words or actions, which if suffered to break out would bring shame and disgrace to him; or he covers the injury itself, the disgraceful words that are spoken of him, and the shameful actions done unto him; he puts up with the contempt that is cast upon him, and bears it patiently; takes no notice of the offence given him, and much less seeks revenge; in which he acts a prudent part, for by so doing he creates less trouble to himself, and gains more credit and reputation from others.

(b) "eo die quo irritatur", Tigurine version; "eodem die", Junius & Tremellius; so Banyus, Merceras, Gejerus. (c) "Cognoscitur ex ira sua", Munster.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. prudent … shame—He is slow to denounce his insulters (Jas 1:19).

Proverbs 12:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. 16A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor. 17He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.…
Cross References
Job 5:2
Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

Proverbs 12:17
An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.

Proverbs 14:33
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.

Proverbs 27:3
Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.

Proverbs 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
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