English Standard Version
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction 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.
American Standard Version
Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is their folly.
Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it: the instruction of fools is foolishness.
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.
Proverbs 16:22 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Five proverbs regarding wisdom, righteousness, humility, and trust in God, forming, as it were, a succession of steps, for humility is the virtue of virtues, and trust in God the condition of all salvation. Three of these proverbs have the word טוב in common.
16 To gain wisdom, how much better is it than gold;
And to attain understanding to be preferred to silver.
Commendation of the striving after wisdom (understanding) with which all wisdom begins, for one gains an intellectual possession not by inheritance, but by acquisition, Proverbs 4:7. A similar "parallel-comparative clause" (Fl.), with the interchange of טוב and נבחר, is Proverbs 22:1, but yet more so is Proverbs 21:3, where נבחר, as here, is neut. pred. (not, as at Proverbs 8:10 and elsewhere, adj.), and עשׂה, such an anomalous form of the inf. constr. as here קנה, Gesen. 75, Anm. 2; in both instances it could also be regarded as the inf. absol. (cf. Proverbs 25:27) (Lehrgebude, 109, Anm. 2); yet the language uses, as in the case before us, the form גּלה only with the force of an abl. of the gerund, as עשׂו occurs Genesis 31:38; the inf. of verbs 'ה'ל as nom. (as here), genit. (Genesis 50:20), and accus. (Psalm 101:3), is always either גּלות or גּלה. The meaning is not that to gain wisdom is more valuable than gold, but that the gaining of wisdom exceeds the gaining of gold and silver, the common comparatio decurtata (cf. Job 28:18). Regarding חרוּץ, vid., at Proverbs 3:14.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.
The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
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