Proverbs 14:8
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New International Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

New Living Translation
The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.

English Standard Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

New American Standard Bible
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.

King James Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sensible man's wisdom is to consider his way, but the stupidity of fools deceives them.

International Standard Version
The wisdom of the prudent helps him know how to live, but a fool's stupidity deceives him.

NET Bible
The wisdom of the shrewd person is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deception.

New Heart English Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A cunning one in his wisdom understands his way, and the way of fools is in error.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wisdom of a sensible person guides his way of life, but the stupidity of fools misleads them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wisdom of the prudent is to look well to his way; But the folly of fools is deceit.

New American Standard 1977
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way,
            But the folly of fools is deceit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wisdom of the sane is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

King James 2000 Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

American King James Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

American Standard Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; But the folly of fools is deceit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wisdom of a. discreet man is to understand his way: and the imprudence of fools erreth.

Darby Bible Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way; but the folly of the foolish is deceit.

English Revised Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

World English Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

Young's Literal Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, And the folly of fools is deceit.
Study Bible
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
7Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge. 8The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit. 9Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

Proverbs 15:21
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.
Treasury of Scripture

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

wisdom

Proverbs 2:9 Then shall you understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; …

Proverbs 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of judgment:

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Psalm 119:5,34,35,73 O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!…

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning; for in you …

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

Colossians 1:9,10 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

folly

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Jeremiah 13:20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where …

Luke 12:19,20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

Ephesians 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and …

(8) The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way.--To look to it carefully that it is such as God would have it; but "the folly of fools (stupid persons, as Proverbs 14:7], is deceit;" it shows itself in trying to cheat others, though they are sure to be detected at last.

Verse 8. - The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way. The wisdom of the prudent is shown by his considering whither his actions lead, the motives from which they spring, the results that attend them. As the apostle enjoins (Ephesians 5:15), "See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise." Or the clause may be taken as enjoining a wise choice in life, a selection of such a calling or occupation as best suits one's capabilities, station, and opportunities. The folly of fools is deceit. This is not self-deceit, which the word does not denote, but deceit of others. Stupid persons show their folly in trying to cheat others, though they are sure to be detected, and their fraud recoils on themselves. In the case of fools, what they would call wisdom is folly; hence the wording of the sentence. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way,.... The way of his calling, in which he should abide, and how to manage it in the best manner; the way of his duty, that he may walk inoffensively both towards God and men; and the way of life and salvation, which is by Jesus Christ, which to understand and to walk in is the highest wisdom and prudence;

but the folly of fools is deceit: or "the wisdom of fools", which the opposition requires, and is meant, and is what the Holy Ghost calls "folly", as elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 3:19; this is itself "deceit"; it is science, falsely so called; it lies in tricking and deceiving; and the issue of it is, not only the deceiving of others, but themselves also: such is the folly of the man of sin and followers, which lies in deceiving the inhabitants of the earth with their sorceries and superstitions, with their lying wonders and miracles; see 2 Thessalonians 2:10, Revelation 13:14. 8. Appearances deceive the thoughtless, but the prudent discriminate.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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