Proverbs 16:22
Parallel Verses
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.

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

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Understanding is a fountain of life unto him that hath it; But folly is the chastisement of fools.

New American Standard 1977
Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it,
            But the discipline of fools is folly.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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
So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck.

Proverbs 16:21
The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
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