Proverbs 27:12
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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
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.

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; the inexperienced keep going and are punished.

International Standard Version
Those who are prudent see danger and take refuge, but the na�ve 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 cunning man sees evil and is hidden, but fools have passed by it and have suffered loss.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sensible people foresee trouble and hide. Gullible people go ahead [and] suffer.

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

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 seeing evil hideth himself: little ones passing on have suffered losses.

Darby Bible Translation
A prudent [man] seeth the evil, [and] hideth himself; 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 takes refuge; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

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

27:9,10. Depend not for relief upon a kinsman, merely for kindred's sake; apply to those who are at hand, and will help in need. But there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and let us place entire confidence in him. 11. An affectionate parent urges his son to prudent conduct that should gladden his heart. The good conduct of Christians is the best answer to all who find fault with the gospel. 12. Where there is temptation, if we thrust ourselves into it, there will be sin, and punishment will follow. 13. An honest man may be made a beggar, but he is not honest that makes himself one. 14. It is folly to be fond of being praised; it is a temptation to pride.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - A repetition of Proverbs 22:3. The sentence is asyndeton.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A prudent man foreseeth the evil,.... See Gill on Proverbs 22:3; or "seeth the evil" (f); the evil of sin, as it is contrary to the nature, will, and law and abominable in his sight; and not only the evil of gross actions of sin, but of indwelling lust; and such an one, who is wise to that which is good, sees the sad work sin has made in the world, and in himself; how it has defaced the image of God in man, stripped him of his righteousness, and defiled all the powers and faculties of his soul; upon which sight of it he is filled with shame, reflects upon himself for his past conduct, loathes sin, and himself for it, repents of it, confesses and forsakes it: he likewise sees the evil of punishment for sin, the just demerit of it, the curse of the law, the wrath of God, the second and eternal death, a separation from God, a sense and feeling of divine vengeance, anguish, and distress intolerable, and that for ever;

and hideth himself; not in secret places, that he may not be seen by the Lord; nor in his own works of righteousness, to secure him from the wrath of God: nor is it to he understood of his hiding himself from sinners and their company, and so escaping the pollutions of the world; but of his betaking himself to Christ, who is the city of refuge, the stronghold, the rock, in the clefts of which the people of God hide themselves; even in his wounds, or in him as a suffering crucified Saviour, and who is the hiding place from the wind, and covert from the storm of divine wrath; such are redemption by him, his sacrifice and satisfaction, his blood and righteousness, and intercession; see Isaiah 32:2; also See Gill on Proverbs 22:3;

but the simple pass on, and are punished; such who are thoughtless and foolish, have no sight nor sense of sin and danger, go on in their sinful course of life without any care or concern, without any fear or dread, till their feet stumble on the dark mountains of eternity; and they fall into the bottomless pit of perdition, from whence there is no recovery.

(f) "videns", V. L. Tigurine version, Piscator; "vidit", Pagninus, Montanus; "videt", Mercerus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12, 13. (Compare Pr 20:16; 22:3).

Proverbs 27:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me. 12A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty. 13Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.…
Cross References
Proverbs 22:3
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Proverbs 27:11
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

Proverbs 27:13
Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
Treasury of Scripture

A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

Proverbs 22:3 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 …

Psalm 57:1-3 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

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

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

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 …

2 Peter 3:7,10-14 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are …

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