New International Version
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
King James Bible
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Darby Bible Translation
A wise [man] feareth and departeth from evil; but the foolish is overbearing and confident.
World English Bible
A wise man fears, and shuns evil, but the fool is hotheaded and reckless.
Young's Literal Translation
The wise is fearing and turning from evil, And a fool is transgressing and is confident.
Proverbs 14:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A wise man feareth - He can never trust in himself, though he be satisfied from himself. He knows that his suffiency is of God; and he has that fear that causes him to depart from evil, which is a guardian to the love he feels. Love renders him cautious; the other makes him confident. His caution leads him from sin; his confidence leads him to God.
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LibraryA Startling Statement
TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our …
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot
Sin the Mocker
Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
The Intercession of Christ
And he said to the human race, "The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding."
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.
A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
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