Proverbs 16:22
New International Version
Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.

New Living Translation
Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.

English Standard Version
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Berean Study Bible
Understanding is a fountain of life to its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly.

New American Standard Bible
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.

King James Bible
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Christian Standard Bible
Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly.

Contemporary English Version
Good sense is a fountain that gives life, but fools are punished by their foolishness.

Good News Translation
Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly.

International Standard Version
Anyone who has understanding is a fountain of life, but foolishness brings punishment to fools.

NET Bible
Insight is like a life-giving fountain to the one who possesses it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools.

New Heart English Bible
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Understanding is a fountain of life to those that know it and the instruction of fools is madness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Understanding is a fountain of life to the one who has it, but stubborn fools punish themselves with their stupidity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Understanding is a fountain of life unto him that hath it; But folly is the chastisement of fools.

New American Standard 1977
Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

King James 2000 Bible
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

American King James Version
Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

American Standard Version
Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is their folly.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Understanding is a fountain of life to its possessors; but the instruction of fools is evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.

Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is a fountain of life for him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly.

English Revised Version
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the correction of fools is their folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Understanding is a well-spring of life to him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

World English Bible
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.

Young's Literal Translation
A fountain of life is understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly.
Study Bible
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
21The wise in heart will be called discerning, and pleasant speech increases learning. 22Understanding is a fountain of life to its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly. 23The heart of the wise man instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:22
They will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck.

Proverbs 16:21
The wise in heart will be called discerning, and pleasant speech increases learning.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise man instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips.

Treasury of Scripture

Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

a wellspring

Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 13:14
The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

the instructions

Proverbs 15:2,28
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness…

Matthew 15:14
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Matthew 23:16-26
Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! …







Lexicon
Understanding
שֵׂ֣כֶל (śê·ḵel)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7922: Intelligence, success

is a fountain
מְק֣וֹר (mə·qō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4726: Something dug, a, source, of happiness, wisdom, progeny)

of life
חַ֭יִּים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

to its possessor,
בְּעָלָ֑יו (bə·‘ā·lāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1167: A master, a husband, owner

but the discipline
וּמוּסַ֖ר (ū·mū·sar)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

of fools
אֱוִלִ֣ים (’ĕ·wi·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 191: Foolish

is folly.
אִוֶּֽלֶת׃ (’iw·we·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 200: Silliness
(22) The instruction of fools is folly.- While understanding is "a fountain of life" (Proverbs 10:11) giving health and refreshment and vigour both to the possessor and his friends, the discipline given by fools is worse than useless, being folly itself. Or it may mean, "the discipline which fools have to endure is folly." If they will not be taught by wisdom, their own folly will serve as a rod to correct them.

Verse 22. - Understanding is a well spring of life unto him that hath it (Proverbs 10:11; Proverbs 13:14). The possessor of understanding has in himself a source of comfort and a vivifying power, which is as refreshing as a cool spring to a thirsty traveller. In all troubles and difficulties he can fall back upon his own good sense and prudence, and satisfy himself therewith. This is not conceit, but the result of a well grounded experience. But the instruction of fools is folly; i.e. the instruction which fools give is folly and sin; such is the only teaching which they can offer. So the Vulgate, doctrina stultorum fatuitas; and many modern commentators. But musar is better taken in the sense of "discipline" or "chastisement" (as in Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 7:22; Proverbs 15:5), which the bad man suffers. His own folly is the scourge which punishes him; refusing the teaching of wisdom, he makes misery for himself, deprives himself of the happiness which virtue gives, and pierces himself through with many sorrows. Septuagint, "The instruction of tools is evil." 16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.
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