Proverbs 10:23
New International Version
A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

New Living Translation
Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.

English Standard Version
Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

Berean Study Bible
The fool delights in shameful conduct, but a man of understanding has wisdom.

New American Standard Bible
Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

King James Bible
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Christian Standard Bible
As shameful conduct is pleasure for a fool, so wisdom is for a person of understanding.

Contemporary English Version
Fools enjoy doing wrong, but anyone with good sense enjoys acting wisely.

Good News Translation
It is foolish to enjoy doing wrong. Intelligent people take pleasure in wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As shameful conduct is pleasure for a fool, so wisdom is for a man of understanding.

International Standard Version
Just as the fool considers wickedness his joy, so is wisdom to the discerning man.

NET Bible
Carrying out a wicked scheme is enjoyable to a fool, and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment.

New Heart English Bible
It is a fool's pleasure to do wickedness, but wisdom is a man of understanding's pleasure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A moron, in making merry, does evil, and a man has wisdom by his reasoning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like the laughter of a fool when he carries out an evil plan, so is wisdom to a person who has understanding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness, And so is wisdom to a man of discernment.

New American Standard 1977
Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool; And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To make an abomination is as sport to the fool, but wisdom is recreation to the man of intelligence.

King James 2000 Bible
It is as sport to a fool to do wrong: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

American King James Version
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

American Standard Version
It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness; And'so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A fool does mischief in sport; but wisdom brings forth prudence for a man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool worketh mischief as it were for sport: but wisdom is prudence to a man.

Darby Bible Translation
It is as sport to a foolish [man] to do wickedness; but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

English Revised Version
It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness: and so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

World English Bible
It is a fool's pleasure to do wickedness, but wisdom is a man of understanding's pleasure.

Young's Literal Translation
To execute inventions is as play to a fool, And wisdom to a man of understanding.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
22The blessing of the LORD enriches, and He adds no sorrow to it. 23The fool delights in shameful conduct, but a man of understanding has wisdom. 24What the wicked dreads will overtake him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.…
Cross References
Proverbs 2:14
from those who enjoy doing evil and rejoice in the twistedness of evil,

Proverbs 15:21
Folly is joy to one who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding walks a straight path.

Treasury of Scripture

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

Proverbs 14:9
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Proverbs 15:21
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

Proverbs 26:18,19
As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, …







Lexicon
The fool
לִ֭כְסִיל (liḵ·sîl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

delights
כִּשְׂח֣וֹק (kiś·ḥō·wq)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7814: Laughter, derision, sport

in shameful
זִמָּ֑ה (zim·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2154: A plan, device, wickedness

conduct,
עֲשׂ֣וֹת (‘ă·śō·wṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

but a man
לְאִ֣ישׁ (lə·’îš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of understanding
תְּבוּנָֽה׃ (tə·ḇū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice

has wisdom.
וְ֝חָכְמָ֗ה (wə·ḥā·ḵə·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom
(23) But a man of understanding hath wisdom.--Rather, But wisdom (is sport) to a man of understanding, i.e., one rejoices in mischief, the other (comp. Proverbs 8:30) in wise thoughts and deeds.

Verse 23. - As sport. The wicked make their pastime and amusement in doing evil. A man of understanding hath wisdom. As thus put, the sentence is jejune. The Revised Version expresses the meaning better: "And so is wisdom to a man of understanding;" i.e. the wise man finds his refreshment in living a wise and prudent life, which is as easy and as pleasant to him as mischief is to the vicious. The wisdom intended is practical religion, the fear of God directing and showing itself in daily action. Septuagint, "A fool doeth mischief in sport (ἐν γέλωτι), but wisdom produceth prudence for a man." 10:22. That wealth which is truly desirable, has no vexation of spirit in the enjoyment; no grief for the loss; no guilt by the abuse of it. What comes from the love of God, has the grace of God for its companion. 23. Only foolish and wicked men divert themselves with doing harm to others, or tempting to sin. 24. The largest desire of eternal blessings the righteous can form, will be granted. 25. The course of prosperous sinners is like a whirlwind, which soon spends itself, and is gone. 26. As vinegar sets the teeth on edge, and as the smoke causes the eyes to smart, so the sluggard vexes his employer. 27,28. What man is he that loves life? Let him fear God, and that will secure to him life enough in this world, and eternal life in the other.
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