Proverbs 13:16

16 All who are prudent act witha knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

Read Proverbs 13:16 Using Other Translations

Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.
Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.

What does Proverbs 13:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 13:16

Every prudent [man] dealeth with knowledge
In order to get more, and with men of knowledge for the same purpose; all he does is with knowledge and discretion; he does not meddle with things, nor has he to do with persons, he knows nothing of; he both acts and speaks with knowledge, cautiously, wisely, considering well time, place, and persons: and every wise and good man deals with evangelical knowledge, and studies to grow in the knowledge of the Gospel, and the mysteries of it; in the knowledge of Christ, and of God in Christ; the issue of which is life eternal; but a fool layeth open [his] folly;
or "spreads" F17 it; and exposes it to the view of everyone, by his foolish talk and indiscreet actions.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 (vrpy) "expandit", Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis.
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