Proverbs 9:6
New International Version
Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight."

New Living Translation
Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment."

English Standard Version
Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”

Berean Study Bible
Leave your folly behind, and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”

New American Standard Bible
"Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."

King James Bible
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Christian Standard Bible
Leave inexperience behind, and you will live; pursue the way of understanding.

Contemporary English Version
If you want to live, give up your foolishness and let understanding guide your steps."

Good News Translation
Leave the company of ignorant people, and live. Follow the way of knowledge."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Leave inexperience behind, and you will live; pursue the way of understanding.

International Standard Version
Leave your na�ve ways, and live. Walk in the path of understanding."

NET Bible
Abandon your foolish ways so that you may live, and proceed in the way of understanding."

New Heart English Bible
Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Put off from you the deficiency of your mind, and live, and agree with the way of uprightness.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stop being gullible and live. Start traveling the road to understanding."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Forsake all thoughtlessness, and live; And walk in the way of understanding.

New American Standard 1977
“Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Forsake that which is foolish and live and go in the way of understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

American King James Version
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

American Standard Version
Leave off, ye simple ones, and live; And walk in the way of understanding.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Leave folly, that ye may reign for ever; and seek wisdom, and improve understanding by knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Forsake childishness, and live, and walk by the ways of prudence.

Darby Bible Translation
Forsake follies and live, and go in the way of intelligence.

English Revised Version
Leave off, ye simple ones, and live; and walk in the way of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

World English Bible
Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding."

Young's Literal Translation
Forsake ye, the simple, and live, And be happy in the way of understanding.
Study Bible
The Way of Wisdom
5“Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed. 6Leave your folly behind, and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.” 7He who corrects a mocker will bring shame on himself; he who rebukes a wicked man will be tainted.…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains the favor of the LORD;

Proverbs 9:11
For through wisdom your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.

Proverbs 23:19
Listen, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right course.

Ezekiel 11:20
so that they may follow My statutes, keep My ordinances, and practice them. Then they will be My people, and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 37:24
My servant David will be king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My ordinances and keep and observe My statutes.

Treasury of Scripture

Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

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Proverbs 4:14,15
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men

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

Psalm 26:4-6
I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers…

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Proverbs 4:11
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

Proverbs 10:17
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

Matthew 7:13,14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: …







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

behind,
עִזְב֣וּ (‘iz·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

and you will live;
וִֽחְי֑וּ (wiḥ·yū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive

walk
וְ֝אִשְׁר֗וּ (wə·’iš·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 833: To be straight, to go forward, be honest, proper

in the way
בְּדֶ֣רֶךְ (bə·ḏe·reḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of understanding.”
בִּינָֽה׃ (bî·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 998: An understanding
(6) Forsake the foolish.--Rather, the simple; be no longer counted among the weak, who can be "carried about with every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14), but "stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong" (1Corinthians 16:13).

Verse 6. - Forsake the foolish, and live; Vulgate, relinquite infantiam; Septuagint, ἀπολείπετε ἀφροσύνην, "leave folly." These versions take the plural פְתָאִים (petaim) as equivalent to an abstract noun, which gives a good sense; but the plural is not so used in our book, so we must admit the rendering of the Authorized Version, "Quit the class, give up being of the category of fools," or else we must take the word as vocative, "Leave off, ye simple ones" (Revised Version), i.e. quit your simplicity, your folly. And live (see on Proverbs 4:4). It is not a mere prosperous life on earth that is here promised, but something far higher and better (John 6:51, "If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever"). The LXX. saw something of this when they paraphrased the clause, "Leave ye folly, that ye may reign forever." Go in the way of understanding. Leaving folly, stay not, but make real progress in the direction of wisdom. Septuagint, "Seek ye prudence, and direct understanding by knowledge." 9:1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.
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