Proverbs 14:15
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English Standard Version
The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

King James Bible
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

American Standard Version
The simple believeth every word; But the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.

English Revised Version
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Webster's Bible Translation
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Proverbs 14:15 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

9 The sacrificial offering of fools mocketh;

   But between upright men there is good understanding

We may not give to the Hiph. הליץ any meaning which it nowhere has, as, to excuse (Kimchi), or to come to an agreement by mediation (Schultens). So we may not make אוילים the subject (Targ., Symmachus, Jerome, Luther, "fools make sport with sin"), for one is persuaded that אוילים is equivalent to כל אחר מן האוילים (Immanuel, Meri, and others), which would be more admissible if we had מליץ (vid., Proverbs 3:35), or if יליץ did not immediately follow (vid., Proverbs 28:1). Aquila and Theodotion rightly interpret the relation of the component parts of the sentence: ἄφρονας χλευάζει πλημμέλια; and this translation of אשׁם also is correct is we take πλημμέλεια in the sense of a θυσία περὶ πλημμελείας (Sir. 7:31), in which the Judaeo-Hellenic actually uses it (vid., Schleusner's Lex.). The idea of sacrificial offering is that of expiation: it is a penitential work, it falls under the prevailing point of view of an ecclesiastical punishment, a satisfactio in a church-disciplinary sense; the forgiveness of sins is conditioned by this, (1) that the sinner either abundantly makes good by restitution the injury inflicted on another, or in some other way bears temporal punishment for it, and (2) that he willingly presents the sacrifices of rams or of sheep, the value of which the priest has to determine in its relation to the offence (by a tax-scale from 2 shekels upwards). The Tor gives accurately the offences which are thus to be atoned for. Here, with reference to 9b, there particularly comes into view the offence against property (Leviticus 5:20ff.) and against female honour (Leviticus 19:20-22). Fools fall from one offence into another, which they have to atone for by the presentation of sacrificial offerings; the sacrificial offering mocketh them (הליץ with accus.-object, as Proverbs 19:28; Psalm 119:51), for it equally derides them on account of the self-inflicted loss, and on account of the efforts with which they must make good the effects of their frivolity and madness; while on the contrary, among men of upright character, רצון, a relation of mutual favour, prevails, which does not permit that the one give to the other an indemnity, and apply the Asham- [אשׁם equals trespass-offering] Tor. Symmachus rightly: καὶ ἀνάμεσον εὐθέων εὐδοκία. But the lxx confuses this proverb also. Hitzig, with the Syr., follows it and translates:

The tents of the foolish are in punishment overthrown [verfllt];

The house of the upright is well-pleasing [wolgefllt].

Is not this extravagant [ungereimt equals not rhymed] in spite of the rhyme? These אהלי [tents] extracted from אוילים, and this בית [house] formed out of בין, are nothing but an aimless and tasteless flourish.

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simple

Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Romans 16:18,19 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly...

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men...

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God...

the prudent

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

Acts 13:7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul...

Cross References
Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

Proverbs 14:16
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

Proverbs 17:4
An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

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