English Standard Version
O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.
King James Bible
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
American Standard Version
O ye simple, understand prudence; And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart.
O little ones, understand subtilty, and ye unwise, take notice.
English Revised Version
O ye simple, understand subtilty; and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Webster's Bible Translation
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The admonition, having its motive in that which goes before, is now founded on the emphatic finale:
26 For many are the slain whom she hath caused to fall,
And many are her slain.
27 A multiplicity of ways to help is her house,
Going down to the chambers of death.
The translation "for many slain has she laid low" (Syr., Targ., Jerome, Luther) is also syntactically possible; for רבּים can be placed before its substantive after the manner of the demonstratives and numerals (e.g., Nehemiah 9:28, cf. אחד, Sol 4:9), and the accentuation which requires two servants (the usual two Munachs) to the Athnach appears indeed thus to construe it. It is otherwise if רבים here meant magni (thus e.g., Ralbag, and recently Bertheau), and not multi; but רבים and עצמים stand elsewhere in connection with each other in the signification many and numerous, Psalm 35:18; Joel 2:2; Micah 4:3. "Her slain" are those slain by her; the part. pass. is connected with the genitive of the actor, e.g., Proverbs 9:18; cf. (Arab.) ḳatyl âlmḥabbt, of one whom love kills (Fl.). With Proverbs 7:27 cf. Proverbs 2:18; Proverbs 9:18. In 27a, בּיתהּ is not equivalent to בביתה after Proverbs 8:2, also not elliptical and equivalent to דרכי ביתה; the former is unnecessary, the latter is in no case established by Psalm 45:7; Ezra 10:13, nor by Deuteronomy 8:15; 2 Kings 23:17 (see, on the other hand, Philippi's Status Constructus, pp. 87-93). Rightly Hitzig has: her house forms a multiplicity of ways to hell, in so far as adultery leads by a diversity of ways to hell. Similarly the subject and the predicate vary in number, Proverbs 16:25; Psalm 110:3; Job 26:13; Daniel 9:23, and frequently. If one is once in her house, he may go in this or in that way, but surely his path is to destruction: it consists of many steps to hell, such as lead down (דרך, fem. Isaiah 37:34, masc. Isaiah 30:21) to the extreme depths of death (cf. Job 9:9, "chambers of the south" equals its remotest regions veiling themselves in the invisible); for חדר (Arab. khiddr) is the part of the tent or the house removed farthest back, and the most private (Fl.). These חדרי־מות, cf. עמקי שׁאול, Proverbs 9:18, approach to the conception of גּיהנּם, which is afterwards distinguished from שאול.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
"How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;
The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.
"To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks sense she says,
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