Proverbs 17:12
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New International Version
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.

New Living Translation
It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in foolishness.

English Standard Version
Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs rather than a fool in his folly.

New American Standard Bible
Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

King James Bible
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness.

International Standard Version
It's better to meet a mother bear who has lost her cubs than a fool in his stupidity.

NET Bible
It is better for a person to meet a mother bear being robbed of her cubs, than to encounter a fool in his folly.

New Heart English Bible
Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Anxiety and fear fall to a wise man, and to a fool in his insanity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to meet a bear robbed of its cubs than a fool [carried away] with his stupidity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.

New American Standard 1977
Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
            Rather than a fool in his folly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

King James 2000 Bible
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

American King James Version
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

American Standard Version
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly.

Darby Bible Translation
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a fool in his folly.

English Revised Version
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

World English Bible
Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Young's Literal Translation
The meeting of a bereaved bear by a man, And -- not a fool in his folly.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
11A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. 13He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 17:8
Moreover, Hushai said, "You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men and they are fierce, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is an expert in warfare, and will not spend the night with the people.

Proverbs 17:11
A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

Proverbs 29:9
When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

Hosea 13:8
I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs, And I will tear open their chests; There I will also devour them like a lioness, As a wild beast would tear them.
Treasury of Scripture

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

a bear

Proverbs 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over …

2 Samuel 17:8 For, said Hushai, you know your father and his men, that they be …

2 Kings 2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name …

Hosea 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will …

rather

Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier …

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding …

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