Proverbs 14:15
New International Version
The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

New Living Translation
Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.

English Standard Version
The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Berean Study Bible
The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps.

New American Standard Bible
The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

New King James Version
The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps.

King James Bible
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Christian Standard Bible
The inexperienced one believes anything, but the sensible one watches his steps.

Contemporary English Version
Don't be stupid and believe all you hear; be smart and know where you are headed.

Good News Translation
A fool will believe anything; smart people watch their step.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The inexperienced one believes anything, but the sensible one watches his steps.

International Standard Version
An unthinking person believes everything, but the prudent one thinks before acting.

NET Bible
A naive person believes everything, but the shrewd person discerns his steps.

New Heart English Bible
A simple man believes everything, but the prudent man carefully considers his ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A child believes every word, and a cunning one distinguishes good from evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gullible person believes anything, but a sensible person watches his step.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The thoughtless believeth every word; But the prudent man looketh well to his going.

New American Standard 1977
The naive believes everything, But the prudent man considers his steps.

King James 2000 Bible
The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well where he is going.

American King James Version
The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.

American Standard Version
The simple believeth every word; But the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The simple believes every word: but the prudent man betakes himself to after-thought.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.

Darby Bible Translation
The simple believeth every word; but the prudent [man] heedeth his going.

English Revised Version
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Webster's Bible Translation
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

World English Bible
A simple man believes everything, but the prudent man carefully considers his ways.

Young's Literal Translation
The simple giveth credence to everything, And the prudent attendeth to his step.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
14The backslider in heart will have the fill of his own ways, but a good man will be rewarded for his. 15The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps. 16A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart will have the fill of his own ways, but a good man will be rewarded for his.

Proverbs 14:16
A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.

Proverbs 17:4
A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.

Treasury of Scripture

The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.

simple

Proverbs 4:26
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Proverbs 27:12
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

the prudent

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Amos 5:13
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

Acts 13:7
Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.





Lexicon
The simple [man]
פֶּ֭תִי (pe·ṯî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded

believes
יַאֲמִ֣ין (ya·’ă·mîn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 539: To confirm, support

every
לְכָל־ (lə·ḵāl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

word,
דָּבָ֑ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

but the prudent man
וְ֝עָר֗וּם (wə·‘ā·rūm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6175: Crafty, shrewd, sensible

watches
יָבִ֥ין (yā·ḇîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

his steps.
לַאֲשֻׁרֽוֹ׃ (la·’ă·šu·rōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 838: Step, going
(15) The simple.--See above on Proverbs 1:22.

Believeth every word.--And so, having no fixed principles by which to go, often takes a wrong step; while the prudent man considers well (Proverbs 14:8) whither each step will lead, and therefore does not go astray.

Verse 15. - The simple believeth every word. "Simple" (pethi), the credulous person, open to all influences (Proverbs 1:22). The Vulgate has innocens, and the Septuagint ἄκακος; but the word is best taken in an unfavourable sense. The credulous fool believes all that he hears without proof or examination; having no fixed principles of his own, he is at the mercy of any adviser, and is easily led astray. Ecclus. 19:4, "He that is hasty to give credit is light minded, and he that sinneth (thus) shall offend against his own soul." It is often remarked how credulous are unbelievers in supernaturalism. They who refuse to credit the most assured facts of Christ's history will pin their faith on some philosophical theory or insufficiently supported opinion, and will bluster and contend in maintenance of a notion today which tomorrow will prove untenable and absurd. Many who despise the miraculous teaching of the Bible accept the follies and frauds of spiritualism (comp. John 5:43). Hesiod, Ἔργ, 372 -

Πίστεις δ ἄρ τοι ὁμῶς καὶ ἀπιστίαι ὤλεσαν

"Belief and unbelief alike are fatal." Cato, 'Dist.,' 2:20 -

"Noli tu quaedam referenti credere semper;
Exigua his tribuenda fides qui multa loquuntur.'
The prudent man looketh well to his going (ver. 8); Vulgate, Astutus considerat gressus suos. The prudent man considers whither the advice given will lead him, always acts with deliberation. This maxim is attributed to Pythagoras -

"Let none persuade thee by his word or deed
To say or do what is not really good;
And before action well deliberate,
Lest thou do foolishly."


(Crus. Eph, 25, sqq.) Septuagint, "The clever man (πανοῦργις) cometh unto repentance [or, 'afterthought'] (μετάνοιαν);" i.e. if he, like the simpleton, is too credulous, he will smart for it. Μετάνοια, so common in the New Testament, is not found elsewhere in the Greek Version of the canonical Scriptures, though it occurs in Ecclus. 44:16; Wisd. 11:23, etc. The Vulgate here introduces the Septuagint addition in Proverbs 13:13.
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