Proverbs 7:7
New International Version
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.

New Living Translation
I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense.

English Standard Version
and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense,

Berean Study Bible
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking judgment,

King James Bible
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

New King James Version
And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding,

New American Standard Bible
And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,

NASB 1995
And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,

NASB 1977
And I saw among the naive, I discerned among the youths, A young man lacking sense,

Amplified Bible
And among the naive [the inexperienced and gullible], I saw among the youths A young man lacking [good] sense,

Christian Standard Bible
I saw among the inexperienced, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking sense.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I saw among the inexperienced, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking sense.

American Standard Version
And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she saw children and gazed on the boys and on the feebleminded

Brenton Septuagint Translation
passing by the corner in the passages near her house,

Contemporary English Version
some foolish young men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I see little ones, I behold a foolish young man,

English Revised Version
And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Good News Translation
and I saw many inexperienced young men, but noticed one foolish fellow in particular.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was looking at gullible people when I saw a young man without much sense among youths.

International Standard Version
and I noticed among the na�ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I beheld among the thoughtless ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding,

Literal Standard Version
And I see among the simple ones, I discern among the sons, A young man lacking understanding,

NET Bible
and I saw among the naive--I discerned among the youths--a young man who lacked wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
I saw among the simple ones. I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding,

World English Bible
I saw among the simple ones. I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding,

Young's Literal Translation
And I do see among the simple ones, I discern among the sons, A young man lacking understanding,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warnings about the Adulteress
6For at the window of my house I looked through the lattice. 7I saw among the simple, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking judgment, 8crossing the street near her corner, strolling down the road to her house,…

Cross References
Proverbs 1:22
"How long, O simple ones, will you love your simple ways? How long will scoffers delight in their scorn and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 6:32
He who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 9:4
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" she says to him who lacks judgment.


Treasury of Scripture

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,









(7) Among the simple ones.--He was not yet vicious, only empty-headed.

Verse 7. - And beheld among the simple ones. Though it was night (ver. 9), there was light enough from moon or stars or from illuminated houses to show what was passing. "The simple" are the inexperienced, who are easily led astray (see on Proverbs 1:4). Looking forth into the street on the throng of young and thoughtless persons passing to and fro, among them I discerned... a young man void of understanding; a fool, who, without any deliberate intention of sinning, put himself in the way of temptation, played on the borders of transgression. The way of escape was before him, as it is in all temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13), but he would not take it. Such a one may well be said to lack understanding, or heart, as the Hebrew expresses it (Proverbs 6:32, where see note).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I saw
וָאֵ֤רֶא (wā·’ê·re)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7200: To see

among the simple,
בַפְּתָאיִ֗ם (ḇap·pə·ṯā·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded

I noticed
אָ֘בִ֤ינָה (’ā·ḇî·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

among the youths,
בַבָּנִ֗ים (ḇab·bā·nîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1121: A son

a young man
נַ֣עַר (na·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

lacking
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment,
לֵֽב׃ (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre


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