New International Version
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.
King James Bible
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Darby Bible Translation
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a fool in his folly.
World English Bible
Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
Young's Literal Translation
The meeting of a bereaved bear by a man, And -- not a fool in his folly.
Proverbs 17:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let a bear robbed of her whelps - At which times such animals are peculiarly fierce. See the note on 2 Samuel 17:8.
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LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
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2 Samuel 17:8
You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.
Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.
If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open; like a lion I will devour them-- a wild animal will tear them apart.
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