New International Version
You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
King James Bible
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Darby Bible Translation
O ye simple, understand prudence; and ye foolish, understand sense.
World English Bible
You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart.
Young's Literal Translation
Understand, ye simple ones, prudence, And ye fools, understand the heart,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
O ye simple - פתאים pethaim, ye that are deceived, and with flattering words and fair speeches deluded and drawn away.
Ye fools - כסילים kesilim, ye stupid, stiffnecked, senseless people. That preaching is never likely to do much good, that is not pointed; specifying and describing vices, and charging them home on the consciences of transgressors. Where this is not done, the congregation is unconcerned; no man supposes he has any thing to do in the business, especially if the preacher takes care to tell them, "These were the crimes of Jews, Romans, Greeks, of the people at Corinth, Philippi, Thessalonica, Laodicea, and of heathens in general; but I hope better things of you, who have been born in a Christian land, and baptized in the Christian faith." Thus he arms their consciences in double brass against the good effects of his own teaching.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Fragrant Spices from the Mountains of Myrrh. "Thou Art all Fair, My Love; There is no Spot in Thee. " --Song of Solomon iv. 7.
Of the Council of Antioch and what was done There against the Holy Meletius.
A String of Pearls
for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young--
"How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.
"To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
"Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,
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