New Living Translation
Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on 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
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
16:22 The instruction - Their most grave and serious counsels are foolish.
LibraryTrust in God --True Wisdom
A sermon (No. 392) delivered on Sunday Morning, May 12th, 1861, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he."--Proverbs 16:20. Wisdom is man's true path--that which enables him to accomplish best the end of his being, and which therefore gives to him the richest enjoyment and the fullest play for all his powers. Wisdom is the compass by which man is to steer across the trackless waste …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
A Wise Desire
for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace.
The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.
From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.
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