Proverbs 14:18
New International Version
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

New Living Translation
Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

English Standard Version
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Berean Study Bible
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

King James Bible
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Christian Standard Bible
The inexperienced inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

Contemporary English Version
Stupidity leads to foolishness; be smart and learn.

Good News Translation
Ignorant people get what their foolishness deserves, but the clever are rewarded with knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The inexperienced inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

International Standard Version
The na�ve inherit folly, but the careful are crowned with knowledge.

NET Bible
The naive inherit folly, but the shrewd are crowned with knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fools inherit madness and the intelligent distribute knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Gullible people are gifted with stupidity, but sensible people are crowned with knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The thoughtless come into possession of folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
The naive inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The simple shall inherit folly, but the prudent shall be crowned with wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

American King James Version
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

American Standard Version
The simple inherit folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Fools shall have mischief for their portion; but the prudent shall take fast hold of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The childish shall possess folly, and the prudent, shall look for knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
The simple inherit folly; but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

English Revised Version
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

World English Bible
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
The simple have inherited folly, And the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
17A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a devious man is hated. 18The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a devious man is hated.

Proverbs 14:19
The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Treasury of Scripture

The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

inherit

Proverbs 3:35
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 11:29
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Jeremiah 16:19
O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.

the prudent

Proverbs 4:7-9
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding…

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Daniel 12:3
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.







Lexicon
The simple
פְתָאיִ֣ם (p̄ə·ṯā·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded

inherit
נָחֲל֣וּ (nā·ḥă·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5157: To inherit, to occupy, to bequeath, distribute, instate

folly,
אִוֶּ֑לֶת (’iw·we·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 200: Silliness

but the prudent
וַֽ֝עֲרוּמִ֗ים (wa·‘ă·rū·mîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6175: Crafty, shrewd, sensible

are crowned
יַכְתִּ֥רוּ (yaḵ·ti·rū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3803: To enclose, to crown, to besiege, to wait

with knowledge.
דָֽעַת׃ (ḏā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge
(18) The simple inherit folly.--As weeds spring up in unoccupied soil, so "simple" (Proverbs 1:22) persons, whose minds are unoccupied with good, often become self-willed; while the knowledge which the "prudent" gain by looking well to their steps (Proverbs 14:15) adorns them as a crown.

Verse 18. - The simple inherit folly. The credulous simpleton naturally falls into possession of folly, feeds upon it, and enjoys it. The LXX. regards the simple as communicating their folly to others, and translates, "Fools will divide malice." But the prudent are crowned with knowledge; put on knowledge as a crown of glory, in accordance with the Stoic saying, quoted in the 'Speaker's Commentary,' "The wise is the only king." Nowack thinks the above translation and the idea alike belong to later times, and prefers to render, "The prudent embrace knowledge," which is parallel to the sentiment of ver. 6. The word is found only in Psalm 142:8, where it is translated either "shall compass me about" or "crown themselves through me." The Vulgate has expectabunt, i.e. "wait for it patiently," as the fruit of labour and perseverance. Septuagint, "The wise shall get possession of (κρατήσουσιν) knowledge." 14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.
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