Proverbs 14:8
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New International Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

King James Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Darby Bible Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way; but the folly of the foolish is deceit.

World English Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

Young's Literal Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, And the folly of fools is deceit.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Is to understand his way - Instead of הבין habin, to understand, הכין hachin, to Direct his way, is found in one MS. It makes a very good sense.

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wisdom

Proverbs 2:9 Then shall you understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yes, every good path.

Proverbs 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of judgment:

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Psalm 119:5,34,35,73 O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!...

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning; for in you do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk...

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

Colossians 1:9,10 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

folly

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Jeremiah 13:20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

Luke 12:19,20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry...

Ephesians 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

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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
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness";

Proverbs 15:21
Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

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