Proverbs 16:22
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools.

King James Bible
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is a fountain of life for him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly.

World English Bible
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.

Young's Literal Translation
A fountain of life is understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 16:22 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Understanding is a well-spring of life - מקור חיים mekor chaiyim; another allusion to the artery that carries the blood from the heart to distribute it to all the extremities of the body.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a wellspring

Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life...

John 6:63,68 It is the spirit that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life...

the instructions

Proverbs 15:2,28 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness...

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Matthew 23:16-26 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing...

Luke 6:39,40 And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch...

Library
April 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
'All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.'--PROVERBS xvi. 2. 'All the ways of a man'--then there is no such thing as being conscious of having gone wrong, and having got into miry and foul ways? Of course there is; and equally of course a broad statement such as this of my text is not to be pressed into literal accuracy, but is a simple, general assertion of what we all know to be true, that we have a strange power of blinding ourselves as to what is wrong
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
It is here that true abandonment and consecration to God should commence, by our being deeply convinced that all which happens to us moment by moment is the will of God, and therefore all that is necessary to us. This conviction will render us contented with everything, and will make us see the commonest events in God, and not in the creature. I beg of you, whoever you may be, who are desirous of giving yourselves to God, not to take yourselves back when once you are given to Him, and to remember
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

The Providence of God
Q-11: WHAT ARE GOD'S WORKS OF PROVIDENCE? A: God's works of providence are the acts of his most holy, wise, and powerful government of his creatures, and of their actions. Of the work of God's providence Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto and I work.' John 5:17. God has rested from the works of creation, he does not create any new species of things. He rested from all his works;' Gen 2:2; and therefore it must needs be meant of his works of providence: My Father worketh and I work.' His kingdom
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

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