New International Version
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.
King James Bible
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
Darby Bible Translation
A prudent man concealeth knowledge; but the heart of the foolish proclaimeth folly.
World English Bible
A prudent man keeps his knowledge, but the hearts of fools proclaim foolishness.
Young's Literal Translation
A prudent man is concealing knowledge, And the heart of fools proclaimeth folly.
Proverbs 12:23 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A prudent man concealeth knowledge - "If a fool hold his peace he may pass for a wise man." I have known men of some learning, so intent on immediately informing a company how well cultivated their minds were, that they have passed either for insignificant pedants or stupid asses.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
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