Proverbs 13:16
New International Version
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

New Living Translation
Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.

English Standard Version
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

Berean Study Bible
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.

King James Bible
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

New King James Version
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.

New American Standard Bible
Every prudent person acts with knowledge, But a fool displays foolishness.

NASB 1995
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.

NASB 1977
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.

Amplified Bible
Every prudent and self-disciplined man acts with knowledge, But a [closed-minded] fool [who refuses to learn] displays his foolishness [for all to see].

Christian Standard Bible
Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.

American Standard Version
Every prudent man worketh with knowledge; But a fool flaunteth his folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Everything that a wise one does is in knowledge, and a fool speaks emptiness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Every prudent man acts with knowledge: but the fool displays his own mischief.

Contemporary English Version
If you have good sense, you will act sensibly, but fools act like fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The prudent man doth all things with counsel: but he that is a fool, layeth open his folly.

English Revised Version
Every prudent man worketh with knowledge: but a fool spreadeth out folly.

Good News Translation
Sensible people always think before they act, but stupid people advertise their ignorance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Any sensible person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays stupidity.

International Standard Version
Every sensible person acts from knowledge, but a fool demonstrates folly.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Every prudent man dealeth with forethought; But a fool unfoldeth folly.

Literal Standard Version
Every prudent one deals with knowledge, And a fool spreads out folly.

NET Bible
Every shrewd person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.

New Heart English Bible
Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly.

World English Bible
Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly.

Young's Literal Translation
Every prudent one dealeth with knowledge, And a fool spreadeth out folly.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Father's Discipline
15Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the faithless is difficult. 16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly. 17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.…

Cross References
Proverbs 12:23
A shrewd man keeps his knowledge to himself, but a foolish heart proclaims its folly.

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool spouts folly.

Proverbs 18:2
A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in airing his opinions.

Ecclesiastes 10:3
Even as the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking, and he shows everyone that he is a fool.


Treasury of Scripture

Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.

prudent

Proverbs 12:22,23
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight…

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Proverbs 21:24
Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

a fool

1 Samuel 25:10,11,17,25
And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master…

Ecclesiastes 10:3
Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

layeth or spreadeth









Verse 16. - Every prudent man dealeth (worketh, acteth) with knowledge; i.e. with thought and deliberation, having previously well considered the bearings and issues of his plans. But a fool layeth open his folly; Revised Version, spreadeth out folly, as if exposing the wares of his shop (Proverbs 12:23; Proverbs 15:2). One works; the other talks.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Every
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

prudent [man]
עָ֭רוּם (‘ā·rūm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6175: Crafty, shrewd, sensible

acts
יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה (ya·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

with knowledge,
בְדָ֑עַת (ḇə·ḏā·‘aṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

but a fool
וּ֝כְסִ֗יל (ū·ḵə·sîl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

displays
יִפְרֹ֥שׂ (yip̄·rōś)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6566: To break apart, disperse

[his] folly.
אִוֶּֽלֶת׃ (’iw·we·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 200: Silliness


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