New International Version
A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
King James Bible
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Darby Bible Translation
It is as sport to a foolish [man] to do wickedness; but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
World English Bible
It is a fool's pleasure to do wickedness, but wisdom is a man of understanding's pleasure.
Young's Literal Translation
To execute inventions is as play to a fool, And wisdom to a man of understanding.
Proverbs 10:23 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It is a sport to a fool to do mischief - What a millstone weight of iniquity hangs about the necks of most of the jesters. facetious and witty people! "How many lies do they tell in jest, to go to the devil in earnest!"
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Two-Fold Aspect of the Divine Working
'The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.'--PROVERBS x. 29. You observe that the words 'shall be,' in the last clause, are a supplement. They are quite unnecessary, and in fact they rather hinder the sense. They destroy the completeness of the antithesis between the two halves of the verse. If you leave them out, and suppose that the 'way of the Lord' is what is spoken of in both clauses, you get a far deeper and fuller meaning. 'The way …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Sanctions of Moral Law, Natural and Governmental.
How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
Letter xv (Circa A. D. 1129) to Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
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