New Living Translation
It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in foolishness.
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
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
17:12 Folly - In the heat of his lust or passion.
LibraryCæsarius of Arles.
He was born in the district of Chalons-sur-Saone, A. D. 470. He seems to have been early awakened, by a pious education, to vital Christianity. When he was between seven and eight years old, it would often happen that he would give a portion of his clothes to the poor whom he met, and would say, when he came home, that he had been, constrained to do so. When yet a youth, he entered the celebrated convent on the island of Lerins, (Lerina,) in Provence, from which a spirit of deep and practical piety …
Augustus Neander—Light in the Dark Places
Letter xxiv (Circa A. D. 1126) to Oger, Regular Canon
Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity Paul's Thanks and Prayers for Churches.
How the Silent and the Talkative are to be Admonished.
2 Samuel 17:8
You know your father and his men; they are mighty warriors. Right now they are as enraged as a mother bear who has been robbed of her cubs. And remember that your father is an experienced man of war. He won't be spending the night among the troops.
Evil people are eager for rebellion, but they will be severely punished.
If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away, I will tear out your heart. I will devour you like a hungry lioness and mangle you like a wild animal.
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