Proverbs 12:16
New International Version
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

New Living Translation
A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

English Standard Version
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

Berean Study Bible
A fool’s anger is known at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

King James Bible
A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

New King James Version
A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.

New American Standard Bible
A fool’s anger is known at once, But a prudent person conceals dishonor.

NASB 1995
A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.

NASB 1977
A fool’s vexation is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.

Amplified Bible
The [arrogant] fool’s anger is quickly known [because he lacks self-control and common sense], But a prudent man ignores an insult.

Christian Standard Bible
A fool’s displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool's displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible.

American Standard Version
A fool's vexation is presently known; But a prudent man concealeth shame.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A fool immediately makes his wrath known and a cunning one hides his insult.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A fool declares his wrath the same day; but a prudent man hides his own disgrace.

Contemporary English Version
Losing your temper is foolish; ignoring an insult is smart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool immediately sheweth his anger: but he that dissembleth injuries is wise.

English Revised Version
A fool's vexation is presently known: but a prudent man concealeth shame.

Good News Translation
When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a stubborn fool is irritated, he shows it immediately, but a sensible person hides the insult.

International Standard Version
The anger of a fool becomes readily apparent, but the prudent person overlooks an insult.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A fool's vexation is presently known; But a prudent man concealeth shame.

Literal Standard Version
The fool—his anger is known in a day, "" And the prudent is covering shame.

NET Bible
A fool's annoyance is known at once, but the prudent overlooks an insult.

New Heart English Bible
A fool shows his annoyance the same day, but one who overlooks an insult is prudent.

World English Bible
A fool shows his annoyance the same day, but one who overlooks an insult is prudent.

Young's Literal Translation
The fool -- in a day is his anger known, And the prudent is covering shame.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to counsel. 16A fool’s anger is known at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. 17He who speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness speaks deceit.…

Cross References
Job 5:2
For resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

Proverbs 12:17
He who speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness speaks deceit.

Proverbs 14:33
Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning; even among fools she is known.

Proverbs 27:3
A stone is heavy and sand is a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.

Proverbs 29:11
A fool vents all his anger, but a wise man holds it back.


Treasury of Scripture

A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covers shame.

fool's

Proverbs 25:28
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Proverbs 29:11
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

1 Samuel 20:30-34
Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness? …

presently or in that day

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Proverbs 16:22
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 17:9
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.









(16) A fool's wrath is presently known.--He cannot contain himself if he thinks himself slighted or injured; the "prudent man," on the other hand, "covereth shame," not noticing an insult at the time, but waiting for a convenient opportunity of telling the offender of his fault and bringing him to a better mind (Matthew 18:15).

Verse 16. - A fool's wrath is presently ("in the day," αὐθημερόν) known. A foolish man, if he is vexed, insulted, or slighted, has no idea of controlling himself or checking the expression of his aroused feelings; he at once, in the same day on which he has been incensed, makes his vexation known. A prudent man covereth - concealeth - shame; takes no notice of an affront at the moment, knowing that by resenting it he will only make matters worse, and that it is best to let passions cool before he tries to set the matter right (comp. Proverbs 20:22; Proverbs 24:29). Christ's injunction goes far beyond this maxim of worldly prudence: "I say unto you that ye resist not evil;" "Unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek, offer also the other" (Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29); and it is certain that these maxims might be carried into practice much more than they are, even in the present state of society. Septuagint, "A clever man (πανοῦργος; callidus, Vulgate) concealeth his own disgrace." Corn. a Lapide quotes a Hebrew proverb which asserts that a man's character is accurately discerned "by purse, by cup, by anger;" i.e. by his conduct in money transactions, under the influence of wine, and in the excitement of anger.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A fool’s
אֱוִ֗יל (’ĕ·wîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 191: Foolish

anger
כַּעְס֑וֹ (ka‘·sōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3708: Vexation, anger

is known
יִוָּדַ֣ע (yiw·wā·ḏa‘)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

at once,
בַּ֭יּוֹם (bay·yō·wm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

but a prudent [man]
עָרֽוּם׃ (‘ā·rūm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6175: Crafty, shrewd, sensible

overlooks
וְכֹסֶ֖ה (wə·ḵō·seh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

an insult.
קָל֣וֹן (qā·lō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7036: Disgrace, the pudenda


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