Proverbs 14:18
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New International Version
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

New Living Translation
Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

English Standard Version
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

King James Bible
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The inexperienced inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

International Standard Version
The nave inherit folly, but the careful are crowned with knowledge.

NET Bible
The naive inherit folly, but the shrewd are crowned with knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fools inherit madness and the intelligent distribute knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Gullible people are gifted with stupidity, but sensible people are crowned with knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The thoughtless come into possession of folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
The naive inherit folly,
            But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The simple shall inherit folly, but the prudent shall be crowned with wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

American King James Version
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

American Standard Version
The simple inherit folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The childish shall possess folly, and the prudent, shall look for knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
The simple inherit folly; but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

English Revised Version
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

World English Bible
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
The simple have inherited folly, And the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Study Bible
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
17A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated. 18The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge. 19The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:19
The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Treasury of Scripture

The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

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Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 11:29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Jeremiah 44:17 But we will certainly do whatever thing goes forth out of our own …

Matthew 23:29-32 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build …

1 Peter 1:18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

the prudent

Proverbs 4:7-9 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all …

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament…

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

(18) The simple inherit folly.--As weeds spring up in unoccupied soil, so "simple" (Proverbs 1:22) persons, whose minds are unoccupied with good, often become self-willed; while the knowledge which the "prudent" gain by looking well to their steps (Proverbs 14:15) adorns them as a crown.

Verse 18. - The simple inherit folly. The credulous simpleton naturally falls into possession of folly, feeds upon it, and enjoys it. The LXX. regards the simple as communicating their folly to others, and translates, "Fools will divide malice." But the prudent are crowned with knowledge; put on knowledge as a crown of glory, in accordance with the Stoic saying, quoted in the 'Speaker's Commentary,' "The wise is the only king." Nowack thinks the above translation and the idea alike belong to later times, and prefers to render, "The prudent embrace knowledge," which is parallel to the sentiment of ver. 6. The word is found only in Psalm 142:8, where it is translated either "shall compass me about" or "crown themselves through me." The Vulgate has expectabunt, i.e. "wait for it patiently," as the fruit of labour and perseverance. Septuagint, "The wise shall get possession of (κρατήσουσιν) knowledge." The simple inherit folly,.... It is natural and hereditary to them, they are born like wild asses colts; the foolish sayings and proverbs, customs and practices, of their ancestors, though they have been demonstrated to be mere folly, yet these, their posterity, approve them; they love, like, and retain them as their patrimony, Job 11:12. Such are the foolish traditions, customs, principles, and doctrines, of the church of Rome, handed down from father to son; and because Popery is the religion they have been bred and brought up in, though so foolish and absurd, they will not relinquish it;

but the prudent are crowned with knowledge; natural, civil, and spiritual, especially the latter; evangelical knowledge, the knowledge of Christ, and of God in Christ, and of Gospel truths; they are honoured with an acquaintance with them; and they esteem the knowledge of these above all things else, and reckon all things else but loss and dung in comparison of them; they are as a crown unto them, and the knowledge of them is the way to the crown of life; yea, is itself life eternal, Philippians 3:8. Or, they "crown themselves with knowledge" (p); they labour after it, pursue it with eagerness, follow on to know the Lord, and attain to a large share of it; surround, encompass, and lay hold upon it, and gird themselves about with this girdle of truth. Or, "they crown knowledge" (q); do honour to that, by putting it in practice; by adding to it temperance, and every virtue, and by bringing others to it; and are an ornament to it in their lives and conversation; they adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour.

(p) "imponent coronam sibi scientiam", Montanus; "coronant se scientia", Piscator, so Ben Melech. (q) "Coronabunt scientiam", Baynus; "ornant scientiam", Drusius. 18. inherit—as a portion (compare Pr 3:35).

are crowned—literally, "are surrounded with it," abound in it.14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.
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