Proverbs 14:16
New International Version
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

New Living Translation
The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

English Standard Version
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

Berean Study Bible
A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.

New American Standard Bible
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

King James Bible
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

Christian Standard Bible
A wise person is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless.

Contemporary English Version
Only a stupid fool is never cautious--so be extra careful and stay out of trouble.

Good News Translation
Sensible people are careful to stay out of trouble, but stupid people are careless and act too quickly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless.

International Standard Version
The wise person fears and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and overconfident.

NET Bible
A wise person is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool throws off restraint and is overconfident.

New Heart English Bible
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but the fool is arrogant and reckless.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise one is afraid and departs from evil, and the fool partakes in it confidently.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wise person is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is careless and overconfident.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; But the fool behaveth overbearingly, and is confident.

New American Standard 1977
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wise man fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is confident.

King James 2000 Bible
A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

American King James Version
A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

American Standard Version
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; But the fool beareth himself insolently, and is confident.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A wise man fears, and departs from evil; but the fool trusts in himself, and joins himself with the transgressor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise man feareth and declineth from evil: the fool leapeth over and is confident.

Darby Bible Translation
A wise [man] feareth and departeth from evil; but the foolish is overbearing and confident.

English Revised Version
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool beareth himself insolently, and is confident.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

World English Bible
A wise man fears, and shuns evil, but the fool is hotheaded and reckless.

Young's Literal Translation
The wise is fearing and turning from evil, And a fool is transgressing and is confident.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
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. 17A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a devious man is hated.…
Cross References
Job 28:28
And He said to man, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'"

Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 14:15
The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps.

Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a devious man is hated.

Proverbs 16:6
By loving devotion and truth, wickedness is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD a man turns aside from evil.

Proverbs 22:3
The prudent see danger and take cover, but the simple keep going and suffer the consequences.

Treasury of Scripture

A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

feareth

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6,17
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil…

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

the fool

Proverbs 7:22
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Proverbs 28:14
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 29:9
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.







Lexicon
A wise
חָכָ֣ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

[man] fears
יָ֭רֵא (yā·rê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3373: Fearing, reverent

and turns
וְסָ֣ר (wə·sār)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5493: To turn aside

from evil,
מֵרָ֑ע (mê·rā‘)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

but a fool
וּ֝כְסִ֗יל (ū·ḵə·sîl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

is careless
מִתְעַבֵּ֥ר (miṯ·‘ab·bêr)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

and reckless.
וּבוֹטֵֽחַ׃ (ū·ḇō·w·ṭê·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 982: To trust, be confident, sure
(16) A wise man feareth.--(Comp. Proverbs 3:7.)

The fool rageth.--Gives way to passionate excitement, and "is confident" in his own wisdom; he has no "quietness and confidence" (Isaiah 30:15) in God.

Verse 16. - A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil (Proverbs 22:3). In Proverbs 3:7 we had, "Fear the Lord, and depart from evil;" but here the idea is different. A wise man fears the evil that lurks in everything, and examines and ponders actions by the standard of religion, and is thus saved from many evils which arise from hastiness and inadvertence. The fool rageth, and is confident (Proverbs 21:24; Proverbs 28:26). The fool easily falls into a rage, and has no control over himself, and is confident in his own wisdom, in contrast to the wise man, who has trust in God, and is calm and thoughtful (Isaiah 30:15). Revised Version, "beareth himself insolently, and is confident;" but, as Nowack remarks, the word (mithabber), where it occurs elsewhere, means, "to be excited," "to be in a passion" (comp. Proverbs 21:24; Proverbs 26:17; Psalm 78:21, 59, 62), and this usual signification gives a good meaning here. Vulgate, transilit, "he overleaps" all laws and restrictions. The LXX., by transposition of the letters, reads mithareh, and translates μίγνυται," The fool trusting to himself mixes himself up with sinners." 14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.
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