Proverbs 22:3
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New International Version
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

New Living Translation
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

English Standard Version
The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

New American Standard Bible
The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

King James Bible
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.

International Standard Version
The prudent person sees trouble ahead and hides, but the naive continue on and suffer the consequences.

NET Bible
A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself, but the naive keep right on going and suffer for it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A prudent one sees an evil man being scourged and is powerfully instructed, but fools pass by him and suffer damage.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sensible people foresee trouble and hide [from it], but gullible people go ahead and suffer [the consequence].

Jubilee Bible 2000
A prudent man foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and receive hurt.

King James 2000 Bible
A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

American King James Version
A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

American Standard Version
A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The prudent man saw the evil, and hid himself: the simple passed on, and suffered loss.

Darby Bible Translation
A prudent [man] seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

English Revised Version
A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

Webster's Bible Translation
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

World English Bible
A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

Young's Literal Translation
The prudent hath seen the evil, and is hidden, And the simple have passed on, and are punished.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - A prudent man foresesth the evil, and hideth himself. The whole verse is repeated in Proverbs 27:12. St. Jerome has callidus, and the LXX. has πανοῦργος, as the translation of עָרוּם (arum); but it must be taken in a good sense, as cautions, farseeing, prudent (see note on Proverbs 1:4) Such a man looks around, takes warning from little circumstances which might escape the observation of careless persons, and provides for his safety in good time. Thus the Christians at the siege of Jerusalem, believing Christ's warnings, retired to Pella, and wine saved. A Spanish proverb runs, "That which the fool does in the end, the wise man does at the beginning." The simple pass on, and are punished. The subject of the former hemistich is in the singular number, for a really prudent man is a comparatively rare bring; the second clause is plural, teaching us, as Hitzig observes, that many simple ones are found for one prudent. These silly persons, blundering blindly on their way, without circumspection or forethought, meet with immediate punishment, incur dangers, suffer less. A Cornish proverb runs, "He who will not be ruled by the rudder must be ruled by the rock." Septuagint, "An intelligent man (πανοῦργος) seeing a wicked man punished is himself forcibly instructed; but fools pass by, and are punished" (comp. Proverbs 21:11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself,.... A wise man, whose eyes are in his head, who looks about him and before him, and is cautious and careful of his conduct and behaviour; he foresees the evil of sin he is liable to be drawn into by such and such company, snares, and temptations; and therefore he keeps from them, and abstains from all appearance of evil, or what would lead him to it; and he foresees the evil of punishment, or the judgments of God that are coming on for sin; and he betakes himself to the Lord, to those hiding places and chambers of retreat and protection he has provided for his people, till the indignation be overpast; see Isaiah 26:20;

but the simple pass on, and are punished: foolish persons, devoid of the grace of God and the fear of him, go on careless and unconcerned in their sinful course of life, transgressing the law of God; they proceed from evil to evil, from lesser to greater sins; they go on in the broad road to destruction, and are punished with temporal judgments here, and with everlasting destruction hereafter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. are punished—that is, for their temerity; for the evil is not necessarily punitive, as the prudent might otherwise be its objects.

Proverbs 22:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
2The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all. 3The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it. 4The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:22
"How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 14:16
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Proverbs 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 27:12
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Isaiah 26:20
Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.
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A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

prudent

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple …

Exodus 9:20,21 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh …

Isaiah 26:20,21 Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors …

Matthew 24:15-18 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken …

1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

the simple

Proverbs 7:7,22,23 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a …

Proverbs 9:16-18 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that wants …

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

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