Proverbs 9:16
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New International Version
"Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,

New Living Translation
"Come in with me," she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says,

English Standard Version
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says,

New American Standard Bible
"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," And to him who lacks understanding she says,

King James Bible
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,"

International Standard Version
"Whoever is nave, turn in here!" And to anyone lacking sense, she says,

NET Bible
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here," she says to those who lack understanding.

New Heart English Bible
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." as for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Who is it that is simple? Let him come to me, and he that is deficient in his mind.” And one says to her:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Whoever is gullible turn in here!" She says to a person without sense,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither'; And as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him:

New American Standard 1977
“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,”
            And to him who lacks understanding she says,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever is simple, let him turn in here; and as for him that lacks understanding, she saith unto him:

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that lacks understanding, she says to him,

American King James Version
Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that wants understanding, she said to him,

American Standard Version
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither; And as for him that is void of understanding, she saith to him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is a little one, let him turn to me. And to the fool she said:

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither. And to him that is void of understanding she saith,

English Revised Version
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that is void of understanding, she saith to him,

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

World English Bible
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." as for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

Young's Literal Translation
Who is simple? let him turn aside hither.' And whoso lacketh heart -- she said to him,
Study Bible
The Way of Folly
15Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight: 16"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," And to him who lacks understanding she says, 17"Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Proverbs 9:4
"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,

Proverbs 9:15
Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight:
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that wants understanding, she said to him,

(16) Whoso is simple . . .--She imitates Wisdom closely in her address: Satan, too, transforms himself into an "angel of light" (2Corinthians 11:14). Folly attracts those undecided characters who are in the right track, but have not the constancy to persevere in it; who, "in time of temptation, fall away."

Verses 16, 17. - These verses contain the invitation which Vice, in imitation of Virtue, and assuming her voice and manner, offers to the wayfarers. Verse 16. - Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither. She uses the very same words which Wisdom utters (ver. 4). The latter had addressed the simple because they were inexperienced and undecided, and might be guided aright; the former now speaks to them because they have not vet made their final choice, can still be swayed by lower considerations, and may be led astray. Such persons find it hard to distinguish between the good and the evil, the false and the true, especially when their sensual appetite is aroused and sides with the temptress. No marvel is it that such are easily deceived; for we are told that, under certain circumstances, Satan transforms himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). That wanteth understanding. This is the other class addressed by Wisdom, and which Folly now solicits, urging them to follow her on the path of pleasure, promising sensual enjoyment and security. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither,.... The harlot's house, Popish chapels and churches. She uses the same form of words that Wisdom does, Proverbs 9:4; having a form of godliness, a show of religion, but without the power of it; her priests are wolves in sheep's clothing, and speak lies in hypocrisy: and such that she fixes upon as proper persons to work on are the simple, the credulous and unwary; who are not on their guard, and are easily persuaded and imposed on;

and as for him that wanteth understanding; is not well grounded in the principles of Christianity he professes; has not a spiritual and experimental understanding of them:

she saith to him; addresses him in such language as follows: 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.
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