Proverbs 14:16
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New International Version
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

New Living Translation
The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

English Standard Version
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

New American Standard Bible
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

King James Bible
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless.

International Standard Version
The wise person fears and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and overconfident.

NET Bible
A wise person is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool throws off restraint and is overconfident.

New Heart English Bible
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but the fool is arrogant and reckless.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise one is afraid and departs from evil, and the fool partakes in it confidently.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wise person is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is careless and overconfident.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; But the fool behaveth overbearingly, and is confident.

New American Standard 1977
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil,
            But a fool is arrogant and careless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wise man fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is confident.

King James 2000 Bible
A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

American King James Version
A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

American Standard Version
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; But the fool beareth himself insolently, and is confident.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise man feareth and declineth from evil: the fool leapeth over and is confident.

Darby Bible Translation
A wise [man] feareth and departeth from evil; but the foolish is overbearing and confident.

English Revised Version
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool beareth himself insolently, and is confident.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

World English Bible
A wise man fears, and shuns evil, but the fool is hotheaded and reckless.

Young's Literal Translation
The wise is fearing and turning from evil, And a fool is transgressing and is confident.
Study Bible
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
15The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. 16A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless. 17A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.…
Cross References
Job 28:28
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"

Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 14:15
The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

Proverbs 16:6
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

Proverbs 22:3
The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
Treasury of Scripture

A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

feareth

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6,17 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD …

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple …

Genesis 33:9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that you have to yourself.

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable …

Job 31:21-23 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my …

Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

the fool

Proverbs 7:22 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or …

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart …

Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, …

1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, So let the gods …

1 Kings 20:10,11,18 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also…

Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end …

Mark 6:17-19,24,25 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold on John, and bound …

John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, …

(16) A wise man feareth.--(Comp. Proverbs 3:7.)

The fool rageth.--Gives way to passionate excitement, and "is confident" in his own wisdom; he has no "quietness and confidence" (Isaiah 30:15) in God.

Verse 16. - A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil (Proverbs 22:3). In Proverbs 3:7 we had, "Fear the Lord, and depart from evil;" but here the idea is different. A wise man fears the evil that lurks in everything, and examines and ponders actions by the standard of religion, and is thus saved from many evils which arise from hastiness and inadvertence. The fool rageth, and is confident (Proverbs 21:24; Proverbs 28:26). The fool easily falls into a rage, and has no control over himself, and is confident in his own wisdom, in contrast to the wise man, who has trust in God, and is calm and thoughtful (Isaiah 30:15). Revised Version, "beareth himself insolently, and is confident;" but, as Nowack remarks, the word (mithabber), where it occurs elsewhere, means, "to be excited," "to be in a passion" (comp. Proverbs 21:24; Proverbs 26:17; Psalm 78:21, 59, 62), and this usual signification gives a good meaning here. Vulgate, transilit, "he overleaps" all laws and restrictions. The LXX., by transposition of the letters, reads mithareh, and translates μίγνυται," The fool trusting to himself mixes himself up with sinners." A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil,.... He fears God, and is careful not to offend him; wherefore he departs from sin, stands at a distance from it, abstains from all appearance of it; being influenced by the goodness and grace of God unto him, he fears the Lord and his goodness, and therefore avoids all occasions of sinning against him: his motive is not merely fear of punishment, as Jarchi, but a sense of goodness; and now, as it is through the influence of divine fear that men depart from evil; so to do this shows a good understanding, and that such a man is a wise man, Proverbs 16:6;

but the fool rageth, and is confident; he fears neither God nor men, he sets his mouth against both; he "rages" in heart, if not with his mouth, against God and his law, which forbid the practice of such sins he delights in; and against all good men, that admonish him of them, rebuke him for them, or dissuade him from them: and "is confident" that no evil shall befall him; he has no concern about a future state, and is fearless of hell and damnation, though just upon the precipice of ruin; yet, as the words may be rendered, "he goes on confidently", nothing can stop him; he pushes on, regardless of the laws of God or men, of the advices and counsels of his friends, or of what will be the issue of his desperate courses in another world. 16. (Compare Pr 3:7; 28:14).

rageth—acts proudly and conceitedly.14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.
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