Proverbs 12:16

16 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs 12:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
ESV
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.
NLT
16 A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
MSG
16 Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults.
CSB
16 A fool's displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible.

Proverbs 12:16 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 12:16

A fool's wrath is presently known
Having no command of himself, he cannot repress it, nor keep it in; no sooner is he provoked but he shows it in his countenance, and by his words and actions; it is to be seen in the fire of his eyes, in the frowns of his face, in the gnashing of his teeth, and in the stamping of his feet, as well as in the bitter expressions of his mouth: or "a fool's wrath in that day is known" F2; in the same day in which the provocation is given; yea, in the same hour, and in the same moment; he cannot defer showing it for the least space of time; or it is openly known, it is to be seen and observed by everyone: or thus, "a fool is presently known by his wrath" F3; see ( Ecclesiastes 7:9 ) ; but a prudent [man] covereth shame;
conceals his anger and resentment at any injury done him by words or actions, which if suffered to break out would bring shame and disgrace to him; or he covers the injury itself, the disgraceful words that are spoken of him, and the shameful actions done unto him; he puts up with the contempt that is cast upon him, and bears it patiently; takes no notice of the offence given him, and much less seeks revenge; in which he acts a prudent part, for by so doing he creates less trouble to himself, and gains more credit and reputation from others.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 (Mwyb) "eo die quo irritatur", Tigurine version; "eodem die", Junius & Tremellius; so Banyus, Merceras, Gejerus.
F3 "Cognoscitur ex ira sua", Munster.

Proverbs 12:16 In-Context

14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
16 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.
17 An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

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