Proverbs 17:12
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English Standard Version
Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs rather than a fool in his folly.

King James Bible
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

American Standard Version
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool trusting in his own folly.

English Revised Version
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

With this verse this series of proverbs closes as it began:

A diadem of the old are children's children,

And the glory of children are their parents.

Children are a blessing from God (Psalm 127-128); thus, a family circle consisting of children and grandchildren (including great-grandchildren) is as a crown of glory surrounding the grey-haired patriarch; and again, children have glory and honour in their parents, for to have a man of an honoured name, or of a blessed memory, as a father, is the most effective commendation, and has for the son, even though he is unlike his father, always important and beneficial consequences. In 6b a fact of experience is expressed, from which has proceeded the rank of inherited nobility recognised among men - one may abnegate his social rights, but yet he himself is and remains a part of the moral order of the world. The lxx has a distich after Proverbs 17:4 the Vatican text places it after Proverbs 17:6 : "The whole world of wealth belongs to the faithful, but to the unfaithful not even an obolus." Lagarde supposes that ὄλος ὁ κόσμος τῶν χρημάτων is a translation of שׁפעת יתר, instead of שׂפת יתר, 7a. But this ingenious conjecture does not amount to the regarding of this distich as a variation of Proverbs 17:7.

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a bear

Proverbs 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

2 Samuel 17:8 For, said Hushai, you know your father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds...

2 Kings 2:24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood...

Hosea 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the lobe of their heart...

rather

Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth...

Cross References
2 Samuel 17:8
Hushai said, "You know that your father and his men are mighty men, and that they are enraged, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. Besides, your father is expert in war; he will not spend the night with the people.

Proverbs 17:11
An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

Proverbs 29:9
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Hosea 13:8
I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.

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