Proverbs 16:22
Good News Translation
Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time.

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

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

New American Bible
Good sense is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly is the training of fools.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

a wellspring

Proverbs 10:11 Hatred stirreth up strifes: and charity covereth all sins.

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, that he may decline from the ruin of death.

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to decline from the ruin of death.

Proverbs 18:4 Words from the mouth of a man are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.

John 5:24 Amen, amen, I say unto you that he who heareth my word and believeth him that sent me hath life everlasting: and cometh not into judgment, but is passed from death to life.

John 6:63,68 It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. . . .

the instructions

Proverbs 15:2,28 The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: but the mouth of fools bubbleth out folly. . . .

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.

Matthew 23:16-26 Woe to you, blind guides, that say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but he that shall swear by the gold of the temple is a debtor. . . .

Luke 6:39,40 And he spoke also to them a similitude: Can the blind lead the blind? Do they not both fall into the ditch? . . .

Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
21The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things. 22Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.23The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:22
Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, and thy foot shall not stumble:

Proverbs 16:21
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things.

Proverbs 16:23
The heart of the wise shall instruct his mouth: and shall add grace to his lips.

Additional Translations
Understanding is a fountain of life to its possessor, but the discipline of fools is folly.Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fountain of life is understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly.
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