New American Standard Bible
To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
King James Bible
To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Darby Bible Translation
to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
World English Bible
to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young man:
Young's Literal Translation
For giving to simple ones -- prudence, To a youth -- knowledge and discretion.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
This verse points out the two classes for which the book will be useful:
(1) the "simple," literally the "open," the open-hearted, the minds ready to receive impressions for good or evil Proverbs 1:22; and
(2) the "young," who need both knowledge and discipline.
To these the teacher offers the "subtilty," which may turn to evil Exodus 21:14 and become as the wisdom of the serpent Genesis 3:1, but which also takes its place, as that wisdom does, among the highest moral gifts Matthew 10:16; the "knowledge" of good and evil; and the "discretion," or discernment, which sets a man on his guard, and keeps him from being duped by false advisers. The Septuagint renderings, πανουργία panourgia for "subtilty," αἴσθησις aisthēsis for "knowledge," ἔννοια ennoia for "discretion," are interesting as showing the endeavor to find exact parallels for the Hebrew in the terminology of Greek ethics.
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The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.
"How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.
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