Proverbs 14:7
New International Version
Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

New Living Translation
Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

English Standard Version
Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Berean Study Bible
Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech.

King James Bible
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

New King James Version
Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

NASB 1995
Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

NASB 1977
Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

Amplified Bible
Leave the presence of a [shortsighted] fool, For you will not find knowledge or hear godly wisdom from his lips.

Christian Standard Bible
Stay away from a foolish person; you will gain no knowledge from his speech.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech.

American Standard Version
Go into the presence of a foolish man, And thou shalt not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To the foolish man, everything is against him, and the lips of the wise are the weapons of knowledge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
All things are adverse to a foolish man; but wise lips are the weapons of discretion.

Contemporary English Version
Stay away from fools, or you won't learn a thing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go against a foolish man, and he knoweth not the lips of prudence.

English Revised Version
Go into the presence of a foolish man, and thou shalt not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

Good News Translation
Stay away from foolish people; they have nothing to teach you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stay away from a fool, because you will not receive knowledge from his lips.

International Standard Version
Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find competent advice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Go from the presence of a foolish man, for thou wilt not perceive the lips of knowledge.

Literal Standard Version
Go from before a foolish man, Or you have not known the lips of knowledge.

NET Bible
Leave the presence of a foolish person, or you will not understand wise counsel.

New Heart English Bible
Stay away from a foolish man, for you won't find knowledge on his lips.

World English Bible
Stay away from a foolish man, for you won't find knowledge on his lips.

Young's Literal Translation
Go from before a foolish man, Or thou hast not known the lips of knowledge.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Wise Woman
6A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. 7Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech. 8The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools deceives them.…

Cross References
Proverbs 14:6
A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Proverbs 23:9
Do not speak to a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.


Treasury of Scripture

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you perceive not in him the lips of knowledge.

Proverbs 9:6
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Proverbs 13:20
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 19:27
Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.









(7) Go from the presence of a foolish man--(khesil)--i.e. a dull, stupid one, when the time comes that you see you can do him no good; for "evil communications corrupt good manners." Thus Samuel "came no more to see Saul," when he saw that remonstrances were unavailing with him, though he continued to "mourn" for him, remembering from what high estate he had fallen.

Verse 7. - Go from the presence of a foolish man. There is some doubt about the rendering of this passage. The Vulgate gives, vade contra stultum, which is probably to be taken in the sense of the Authorized Version. The Revised Version has, "Go into the presence of a foolish man." The Hebrew מִנֶּגֶד (minneged) may mean "from before," "over against," "in the presence of." Hence arises an ambiguity. The Authorized Version considers the sentence to be an injunction to turn away from a stupid man when you perceive that you can do him no good. The Revised Version is equivalent to "if you go into the presence," etc. When thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge; Revised Version, and thou shalt not perceive in him, etc., which embodies a truism with no special point. The whole sentence is better translated, Go forth from the presence of a foolish man, and thou hast not known the lips of knowledge; i.e., as Nowack explains, "Leave the presence of a fool, and you carry nothing away with you; after all your intercourse with him, you quit his presence without having gained any advance in true knowledge" (see on Proverbs 20:15). The LXX. presents a very different version: "All things are adverse to a foolish man; but wise lips are the arms of knowledge (αἰσθήσεως)." A foolish man, by his inconsiderate, slanderous, or bitter words, makes every one his enemy; a wise man uses his knowledge to good purposes; his words are the instruments by which he shows what he is.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Stay away
לֵ֣ךְ (lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

from
מִ֭נֶּגֶד (min·ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition-m
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

a foolish
כְּסִ֑יל (kə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

man;
לְאִ֣ישׁ (lə·’îš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

you will gain
יָ֝דַ֗עְתָּ (yā·ḏa‘·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

no
וּבַל־ (ū·ḇal-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

knowledge
דָֽעַת׃ (ḏā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

from his speech.
שִׂפְתֵי־ (śip̄·ṯê-)
Noun - fdc
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin


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