Proverbs 7:7
New International Version
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.

New Living Translation
I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense.

English Standard Version
and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense,

Berean Study Bible
I saw among the simple, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking judgment,

New American Standard Bible
And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,

New King James Version
And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding,

King James Bible
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Christian Standard Bible
I saw among the inexperienced, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking sense.

Contemporary English Version
some foolish young men.

Good News Translation
and I saw many inexperienced young men, but noticed one foolish fellow in particular.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I saw among the inexperienced, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking sense.

International Standard Version
and I noticed among the na�ve— that is, I discerned among the youths— a senseless young man.

NET Bible
and I saw among the naive--I discerned among the youths--a young man who lacked wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
I saw among the simple ones. I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she saw children and gazed on the boys and on the feebleminded

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was looking at gullible people when I saw a young man without much sense among youths.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I beheld among the thoughtless ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding,

New American Standard 1977
And I saw among the naive, I discerned among the youths, A young man lacking sense,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

King James 2000 Bible
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

American King James Version
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

American Standard Version
And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
passing by the corner in the passages near her house,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I see little ones, I behold a foolish young man,

Darby Bible Translation
and I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the sons, a young man void of understanding,

English Revised Version
And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Webster's Bible Translation
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

World English Bible
I saw among the simple ones. I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding,

Young's Literal Translation
And I do see among the simple ones, I discern among the sons, A young man lacking understanding,
Study Bible
Warnings about the Adulteress
6For at the window of my house I looked through the lattice. 7I saw among the simple, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking judgment, 8crossing the street near her corner, strolling down the road to her house,…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:22
"How long, O simple ones, will you love simplicity? How long will scoffers delight in their scorn and fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 6:32
But he who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 9:4
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks judgment she says:

Treasury of Scripture

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,







Lexicon
I saw
וָאֵ֤רֶא (wā·’ê·re)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

among the simple,
בַפְּתָאיִ֗ם (ḇap·pə·ṯā·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6612: Simple, perhaps open-minded

I noticed
אָ֘בִ֤ינָה (’ā·ḇî·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

among the youths,
בַבָּנִ֗ים (ḇab·bā·nîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

a young man
נַ֣עַר (na·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

lacking
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment,
לֵֽב׃ (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre
(7) Among the simple ones.--He was not yet vicious, only empty-headed.

Verse 7. - And beheld among the simple ones. Though it was night (ver. 9), there was light enough from moon or stars or from illuminated houses to show what was passing. "The simple" are the inexperienced, who are easily led astray (see on Proverbs 1:4). Looking forth into the street on the throng of young and thoughtless persons passing to and fro, among them I discerned... a young man void of understanding; a fool, who, without any deliberate intention of sinning, put himself in the way of temptation, played on the borders of transgression. The way of escape was before him, as it is in all temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13), but he would not take it. Such a one may well be said to lack understanding, or heart, as the Hebrew expresses it (Proverbs 6:32, where see note). 7:6-27 Here is an affecting example of the danger of youthful lusts. It is a history or a parable of the most instructive kind. Will any one dare to venture on temptations that lead to impurity, after Solomon has set before his eyes in so lively and plain a manner, the danger of even going near them? Then is he as the man who would dance on the edge of a lofty rock, when he has just seen another fall headlong from the same place. The misery of self-ruined sinners began in disregard to God's blessed commands. We ought daily to pray that we may be kept from running into temptation, else we invite the enemies of our souls to spread snares for us. Ever avoid the neighbourhood of vice. Beware of sins which are said to be pleasant sins. They are the more dangerous, because they most easily gain the heart, and close it against repentance. Do nothing till thou hast well considered the end of it. Were a man to live as long as Methuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delights sin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that must follow, would far outweigh them.
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