Proverbs 16:22
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New International Version
Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.

New Living Translation
Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.

English Standard Version
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

New American Standard Bible
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.

King James Bible
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly.

International Standard Version
Anyone who has understanding is a fountain of life, but foolishness brings punishment to fools.

NET Bible
Insight is like a life-giving fountain to the one who possesses it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Understanding is a fountain of life to those that know it and the instruction of fools is madness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Understanding is a fountain of life to the one who has it, but stubborn fools punish themselves with their stupidity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

King James 2000 Bible
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

American King James Version
Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

American Standard Version
Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is their folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.

Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is a fountain of life for him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly.

English Revised Version
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the correction of fools is their folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Understanding is a well-spring of life to him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

World English Bible
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.

Young's Literal Translation
A fountain of life is understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - Understanding is a well spring of life unto him that hath it (Proverbs 10:11; Proverbs 13:14). The possessor of understanding has in himself a source of comfort and a vivifying power, which is as refreshing as a cool spring to a thirsty traveller. In all troubles and difficulties he can fall back upon his own good sense and prudence, and satisfy himself therewith. This is not conceit, but the result of a well grounded experience. But the instruction of fools is folly; i.e. the instruction which fools give is folly and sin; such is the only teaching which they can offer. So the Vulgate, doctrina stultorum fatuitas; and many modern commentators. But musar is better taken in the sense of "discipline" or "chastisement" (as in Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 7:22; Proverbs 15:5), which the bad man suffers. His own folly is the scourge which punishes him; refusing the teaching of wisdom, he makes misery for himself, deprives himself of the happiness which virtue gives, and pierces himself through with many sorrows. Septuagint, "The instruction of tools is evil."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it,.... "The master" or "owner of it" (k). As he only is to whom an understanding is given; for, whatever understanding men may have of natural and civil things, they have none of things spiritual and divine, unless it be given them by Christ. This is no other than the grace of the Spirit of God, who is a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ; and this is a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life, and it issues in it; with the knowledge of Christ, and God in Christ, eternal life is connected, John 4:14; and as this knowledge and understanding of things is communicated by wise and knowing men, they are the means and instruments of the spiritual life of those to whom they minister, and are made useful;

but the instruction of fools is folly; the best instruction they are capable of giving is downright folly, and issues in death.

(k) "domini sui", Pagninus; "domino suo", Mercerus, Gejerus; "dominorum suorum", Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. Understanding—or, "discretion," is a constant source of blessing (Pr 13:14), benefiting others; but fools' best efforts are folly.

Proverbs 16:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
21The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. 22Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly. 23The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:22
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

Proverbs 16:21
The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:23
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction.
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