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.

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

New King James Version
A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.

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

NASB 1995
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

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

Amplified Bible
A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, But the fool is arrogant and careless.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
The wise is fearing and turning from evil, "" And a fool is transgressing and is confident.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Proverbs 3:7
Be not 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 faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one 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.









(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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

is careless
מִתְעַבֵּ֥ר (miṯ·‘ab·bêr)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 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 982: To trust, be confident, sure


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