Proverbs 14:8
New International Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

New Living Translation
The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.

English Standard Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

Berean Study Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools deceives them.

New American Standard Bible
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.

New King James Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit.

King James Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Christian Standard Bible
The sensible person's wisdom is to consider his way, but the stupidity of fools deceives them.

Contemporary English Version
Wise people have enough sense to find their way, but stupid fools get lost.

Good News Translation
Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sensible man's wisdom is to consider his way, but the stupidity of fools deceives them.

International Standard Version
The wisdom of the prudent helps him know how to live, but a fool's stupidity deceives him.

NET Bible
The wisdom of the shrewd person is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deception.

New Heart English Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

A Faithful Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A cunning one in his wisdom understands his way, and the way of fools is in error.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wisdom of a sensible person guides his way of life, but the stupidity of fools misleads them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wisdom of the prudent is to look well to his way; But the folly of fools is deceit.

New American Standard 1977
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit.

King James 2000 Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

American King James Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

American Standard Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; But the folly of fools is deceit.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The wisdom of the prudent will understand their ways; but the folly of fools leads astray.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wisdom of a. discreet man is to understand his way: and the imprudence of fools erreth.

Darby Bible Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way; but the folly of the foolish is deceit.

English Revised Version
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

World English Bible
The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

Young's Literal Translation
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, And the folly of fools is deceit.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
7Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech. 8The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools deceives them.9Fools mock the making of amends, but goodwill is found among the upright.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

Proverbs 15:21
Folly is joy to one who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding walks a straight path.

Treasury of Scripture

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

wisdom

Proverbs 2:9
Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

Proverbs 8:20
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

folly

Proverbs 11:18
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Jeremiah 13:20
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

Luke 12:19,20
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry…









Lexicon
The wisdom
חָכְמַ֣ת (ḥā·ḵə·maṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

of the prudent
עָ֭רוּם (‘ā·rūm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6175: Crafty, shrewd, sensible

is to discern
הָבִ֣ין (hā·ḇîn)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

his way,
דַּרְכּ֑וֹ (dar·kōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

but the folly
וְאִוֶּ֖לֶת (wə·’iw·we·leṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 200: Silliness

of fools
כְּסִילִ֣ים (kə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

deceives them.
מִרְמָֽה׃ (mir·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4820: Deceit, treachery
(8) The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way.--To look to it carefully that it is such as God would have it; but "the folly of fools (stupid persons, as Proverbs 14:7], is deceit;" it shows itself in trying to cheat others, though they are sure to be detected at last.

Verse 8. - The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way. The wisdom of the prudent is shown by his considering whither his actions lead, the motives from which they spring, the results that attend them. As the apostle enjoins (Ephesians 5:15), "See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise." Or the clause may be taken as enjoining a wise choice in life, a selection of such a calling or occupation as best suits one's capabilities, station, and opportunities. The folly of fools is deceit. This is not self-deceit, which the word does not denote, but deceit of others. Stupid persons show their folly in trying to cheat others, though they are sure to be detected, and their fraud recoils on themselves. In the case of fools, what they would call wisdom is folly; hence the wording of the sentence.
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