Proverbs 13:16
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New International Version
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

New Living Translation
Wise people think before they act; fools don't--and even brag about their foolishness.

English Standard Version
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

New American Standard Bible
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.

King James Bible
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.

International Standard Version
Every sensible person acts from knowledge, but a fool demonstrates folly.

NET Bible
Every shrewd person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.

New Heart English Bible
Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Everything that a wise one does is in knowledge, and a fool speaks emptiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Any sensible person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays stupidity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Every prudent man dealeth with forethought; But a fool unfoldeth folly.

New American Standard 1977
Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
            But a fool displays folly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Every sane man works according to wisdom: but the fool shall manifest his folly.

King James 2000 Bible
Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.

American King James Version
Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.

American Standard Version
Every prudent man worketh with knowledge; But a fool flaunteth his folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The prudent man doth all things with counsel: but he that is a fool, layeth open his folly.

Darby Bible Translation
Every prudent [man] acteth with knowledge; but the foolish layeth open [his] folly.

English Revised Version
Every prudent man worketh with knowledge: but a fool spreadeth out folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

World English Bible
Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly.

Young's Literal Translation
Every prudent one dealeth with knowledge, And a fool spreadeth out folly.
Study Bible
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
15Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard. 16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly. 17A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:23
A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Proverbs 18:2
A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

Ecclesiastes 10:3
Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.
Treasury of Scripture

Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.

prudent

Proverbs 12:22,23 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly …

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

Proverbs 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath.

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and …

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be …

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

a fool

1 Samuel 25:10,11,17,25 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and …

Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yes also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails …

layeth or spreadeth

Verse 16. - Every prudent man dealeth (worketh, acteth) with knowledge; i.e. with thought and deliberation, having previously well considered the bearings and issues of his plans. But a fool layeth open his folly; Revised Version, spreadeth out folly, as if exposing the wares of his shop (Proverbs 12:23; Proverbs 15:2). One works; the other talks. Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge,.... In order to get more, and with men of knowledge for the same purpose; all he does is with knowledge and discretion; he does not meddle with things, nor has he to do with persons, he knows nothing of; he both acts and speaks with knowledge, cautiously, wisely, considering well time, place, and persons: and every wise and good man deals with evangelical knowledge, and studies to grow in the knowledge of the Gospel, and the mysteries of it; in the knowledge of Christ, and of God in Christ; the issue of which is life eternal;

but a fool layeth open his folly; or "spreads" (q) it; and exposes it to the view of everyone, by his foolish talk and indiscreet actions.

(q) "expandit", Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis. 16. dealeth—acts with foresight.

a fool … folly—for want of caution.13:14. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. 15. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. 16. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. 17. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. 18. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. 19. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. 20. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. 21. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. 22. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. 23. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. 24. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. 25. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.
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