Proverbs 9:6
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New International Version
Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight."

New Living Translation
Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment."

English Standard Version
Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”

New American Standard Bible
"Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."

King James Bible
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Leave inexperience behind, and you will live; pursue the way of understanding.

International Standard Version
Leave your nave ways, and live. Walk in the path of understanding."

NET Bible
Abandon your foolish ways so that you may live, and proceed in the way of understanding."

New Heart English Bible
Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Put off from you the deficiency of your mind, and live, and agree with the way of uprightness.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stop being gullible and live. Start traveling the road to understanding."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Forsake all thoughtlessness, and live; And walk in the way of understanding.

New American Standard 1977
“Forsake your folly and live,
            And proceed in the way of understanding.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Forsake that which is foolish and live and go in the way of understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

American King James Version
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

American Standard Version
Leave off, ye simple ones, and live; And walk in the way of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Forsake childishness, and live, and walk by the ways of prudence.

Darby Bible Translation
Forsake follies and live, and go in the way of intelligence.

English Revised Version
Leave off, ye simple ones, and live; and walk in the way of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

World English Bible
Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding."

Young's Literal Translation
Forsake ye, the simple, and live, And be happy in the way of understanding.
Study Bible
The Way of Wisdom
5"Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. 6"Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding." 7He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:35
"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 9:11
For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.

Proverbs 23:19
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

Ezekiel 11:20
that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.

Ezekiel 37:24
"My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.
Treasury of Scripture

Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

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Proverbs 4:14,15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools …

Psalm 26:4-6 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers…

Psalm 45:10 Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also …

Psalm 119:115 Depart from me, you evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save …

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my …

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Proverbs 4:11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.

Proverbs 10:17 He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuses …

Matthew 7:13,14 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

(6) Forsake the foolish.--Rather, the simple; be no longer counted among the weak, who can be "carried about with every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14), but "stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong" (1Corinthians 16:13).

Verse 6. - Forsake the foolish, and live; Vulgate, relinquite infantiam; Septuagint, ἀπολείπετε ἀφροσύνην, "leave folly." These versions take the plural פְתָאִים (petaim) as equivalent to an abstract noun, which gives a good sense; but the plural is not so used in our book, so we must admit the rendering of the Authorized Version, "Quit the class, give up being of the category of fools," or else we must take the word as vocative, "Leave off, ye simple ones" (Revised Version), i.e. quit your simplicity, your folly. And live (see on Proverbs 4:4). It is not a mere prosperous life on earth that is here promised, but something far higher and better (John 6:51, "If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever"). The LXX. saw something of this when they paraphrased the clause, "Leave ye folly, that ye may reign forever." Go in the way of understanding. Leaving folly, stay not, but make real progress in the direction of wisdom. Septuagint, "Seek ye prudence, and direct understanding by knowledge." Forsake the foolish,.... Foolish men and their company; not men of weak abilities in things natural and civil, or who are reckoned foolish by the world; for so the saints are, whose company is not to be neglected and forsaken; but such who are wickedly foolish, who are ignorant of divine things, and make a mock at sin and at religion; such company is very unsuitable for Wisdom's guests; such as turn in to her house ought to forsake these; it is quite out of character for Wisdom's followers to be the companions of fools; it is very unprofitable to keep company with such vain men, yea, very pernicious and hurtful, and of very bad consequence; it corrupts good manners, and causes grief, and breaks peace, sooner or later; it is quite unbecoming them to converse with them; they are called out from among them by Christ, and should obey: and, besides, they have better company to attend unto: and they should also forsake "foolish" (m) things; the Septuagint version renders it, "foolishness"; and the Arabic version, "imprudence"; the Targum and Syriac version, "want of understanding", or "judgment"; foolish lusts, which are hurtful, and war against the soul, and which should be denied and abstained from; and all foolish ways, their own or others', which are dangerous and lead to ruin; and all foolish doctrines, such as are contrary to the Scriptures, to the doctrine of Christ and his apostles; that tend to degrade any of the Persons of the Trinity, to obscure or lessen the grace of God in man's salvation, or to exalt the creature; all such are to be forsaken, shunned, and avoided, and by no means countenanced and encouraged;

and live; which may be considered either as an exhortation, as the foregoing; live on the provisions of Wisdom's house, on her bread and her wine; live on Christ himself by faith; live not as the foolish do, but as the wise; live not to yourselves, nor to the lusts of men, but to the will and glory of God; live not in sin, but unto righteousness; live not to the flesh, nor after it, but to and after the spirit: or as a promise by way of encouragement, and as enforcing the preceding exhortation, "and ye shall live" (n); honourably, and not scandalously, as they do that keep company with the foolish; comfortably and delightfully, as they do that turn into Wisdom's house, and are her guests; such live in communion with Christ, and with his people; they live a spiritual life now, and shall live an eternal one hereafter;

and go in the way of understanding; as such do that quit the conversation of foolish men, and become the guests of Wisdom; such are in, and go in the way of understanding, who frequently attend the throne of grace, and ask wisdom of the Father of lights; the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of divine things, which they that ask have; Solomon got all his wisdom and understanding this way: such are in the way of it, and go in the way of it, who constantly and carefully read the Scriptures, which are able to make a man wise unto salvation; who go up to the house of the Lord as often as they have opportunity, that they may be taught by trim; who sit under the ministry of Gospel preachers, that feed men with knowledge and understanding; who submit to Gospel ordinances, and keep the commandments of Christ; for such are said to have a good understanding; they show that they have, and by these means get and increase it; see Psalm 111:10; and who also converse with knowing and experienced Christians; for "he that walketh with wise men shall be wise", Proverbs 13:20.

(m) "imperitiam", Tigurine version; "stultitias", Vatablus; "fatuitates", Piscator, Schultens; "stoliditates", Gejerus, Gussetius, p. 703. (n) "et vivetis", Pagninus, Vatablus, Piscator, Mercerus, Michaelis. 9:1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.
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