Proverbs 9:13
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New International Version
Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.

New Living Translation
The woman named Folly is brash. She is ignorant and doesn't know it.

English Standard Version
The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing.

New American Standard Bible
The woman of folly is boisterous, She is naive and knows nothing.

King James Bible
A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The woman Folly is rowdy; she is gullible and knows nothing.

International Standard Version
The foolish woman is loud, undisciplined, and without knowledge.

NET Bible
The woman called Folly is brash, she is naive and does not know anything.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A woman deficient in mind is alluring and she knows no shame.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The woman Stupidity is loud, gullible, and ignorant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple and knows nothing.

King James 2000 Bible
A foolish woman is boisterous: she is simple, and knows nothing.

American King James Version
A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knows nothing.

American Standard Version
The foolish woman is clamorous;'she is'simple, and knoweth nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A foolish woman and clamorous, and full of allurements, and knowing nothing at all,

Darby Bible Translation
The foolish woman is clamorous; she is stupid, and knoweth nothing.

English Revised Version
The foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

Webster's Bible Translation
A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

World English Bible
The foolish woman is loud, Undisciplined, and knows nothing.

Young's Literal Translation
A foolish woman is noisy, Simple, and hath not known what.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:13-18 How diligent the tempter is, to seduce unwary souls into sin! Carnal, sensual pleasure, stupifies conscience, and puts out the sparks of conviction. This tempter has no solid reason to offer; and where she gets dominion in a soul, all knowledge of holy things is lost and forgotten. She is very violent and pressing. We need to seek and pray for true wisdom, for Satan has many ways to withdraw our souls from Christ. Not only worldly lusts and abandoned seducers prove fatal to the souls of men; but false teachers, with doctrines that flatter pride and give liberty to lusts, destroy thousands. They especially draw off such as have received only partial serious impressions. The depths of Satan are depths of hell; and sin, without remorse, is ruin, ruin without remedy. Solomon shows the hook; those that believe him, will not meddle with the bait. Behold the wretched, empty, unsatisfying, deceitful, and stolen pleasure sin proposes; and may our souls be so desirous of the everlasting enjoyment of Christ, that on earth we may live to him, daily, by faith, and ere long be with him in glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 13-18. - This section contains the invitation of Folly, the rival of Wisdom, represented under the guise of an adulteress (Proverbs 2:16; Proverbs 5:3, etc.; Proverbs 6:24, etc.; Proverbs 7.). Verse 13. - I foolish woman; literally, the woman of folly, the genitive being that of apposition, so that this may well be rendered, in order to make the contrast with Wisdom more marked, "the woman Folly." She is regarded as a real person; and between her and Virtue man has to make his choice. Is clamorous; turbulent and animated by passion (as Proverbs 7:11), quite different from her calm, dignified rival. She is simple; Hebrew, "simplicity," in a bad sense; she has no preservative against evil, no moral fibre to resist temptation. And knoweth nothing which she ought to know. Ignorance is the natural accompaniment of Folly: in this case it is wilful and persistent; she goes on her way reckless of consequences. Septuagint, "A woman foolish and bold, who knows not shame, comes to want a morsel."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A foolish woman is clamorous,.... Some by this woman understand folly itself, as opposed to wisdom; others blind reason, ignorant of divine things; others carnal sensual pleasure, which entices and draws men to that which is evil; others heresy and superstition; others the old serpent, the devil; she seems to be the same with the strange woman and harlot before described, Proverbs 2:16, &c. and being set in direct opposition to Wisdom, or Christ, seems to design antichrist, who is described in the book of the Revelation as the great whore; and all the characters here agree with the same. Antichrist is represented as a "woman", Revelation 17:3; and is "foolish"; for whatever worldly cunning and craft, and wicked subtlety, there may be in the Romish antichrist, yet he is destitute of all spiritual wisdom and knowledge; and is "clamorous" and noisy, has a mouth speaking great swelling words of vanity and blasphemy, boasting of infallibility, works of supererogation, merits, miracles, wealth, and riches; and very pressing and importunate to gain proselytes to his religion; the priests and Jesuits are compared to noisy, clamorous, croaking frogs, Revelation 16:13;

she is simple, and knoweth nothing; a woman of follies, extremely foolish and simple, and most grossly ignorant; knows nothing that is good, as the Targum; that is, spiritually good; knows not God aright; is without the fear and love of him, and faith in him; nor knows Christ, and the way of righteousness and life by him; nor the Spirit of God, and the operations of his grace upon the heart; nor the Gospel, and the doctrines of it; nor the ways, worship, and ordinances of God. The Septuagint and Arabic versions are, "she knows not shame"; but is bold and impudent, having a whore's forehead, and on it written, "Mystery, Babylon, the mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth", Revelation 17:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. foolish woman—or literally, "woman of folly," specially manifested by such as are described.

clamorous—or, "noisy" (Pr 7:11).

knoweth nothing—literally, "knoweth not what," that is, is right and proper.

Proverbs 9:13 Additional Commentaries
The Way of Folly
13The woman of folly is boisterous, She is naive and knows nothing. 14She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,…
Cross References
Proverbs 5:6
She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.

Proverbs 7:11
(She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;

Ezekiel 16:30
"'I am filled with fury against you, declares the Sovereign LORD, when you do all these things, acting like a brazen prostitute!
Treasury of Scripture

A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knows nothing.

Proverbs 7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:

Proverbs 21:9,19 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling …

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes …

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