Proverbs 14:16
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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.

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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

feareth

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6,17 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil...

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

Genesis 33:9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that you have to yourself.

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable to the people, and had taken of them bread and wine...

Job 31:21-23 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate...

Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

the fool

Proverbs 7:22 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also...

1 Kings 20:10,11,18 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also...

Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

Mark 6:17-19,24,25 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold on John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife...

John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also?

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A 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
'Fools make a mock at sin; but among the righteous there is favour.'--Proverbs xiv, 9. The wisdom of this Book of Proverbs is not simply intellectual, but it has its roots in reverence and obedience to God, and for its accompaniment, righteousness. The wise man is the good man, and the good man is the godly man. And as is wisdom, so its opposite, folly, is not only intellectual feebleness--the bad man is a fool, and the godless is a bad man. The greatest amount of brain-power cultivated to the highest
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria. Gregory to Eulogius, &c. Our common son, the bearer of these presents, when he brought the letters of your Holiness found me sick, and has left me sick; whence it has ensued that the scanty water of my brief epistle has been hardly able to exude to the large fountain of your Blessedness. But it was a heavenly boon that, while in a state of bodily pain, I received the letter of your Holiness to lift me up with joy for the instruction of the heretics of the city
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

The Intercession of Christ
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us! T he Redemption of the soul is precious. Fools make mock of sin (Proverbs 14:9) . But they will not think lightly of it, who duly consider the majesty, authority, and goodness of Him, against whom it is committed; and who are taught, by what God actually has done, what sin rendered necessary to be done, before a sinner could have a well-grounded
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Job 28:28
And he said to the human race, "The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding."

Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Proverbs 14:15
The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.

Proverbs 16:6
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.

Proverbs 22:3
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

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