Proverbs 14:8

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Read Proverbs 14:8 Using Other Translations

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.
The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.

What does Proverbs 14:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 14:8

The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way
The way of his calling, in which he should abide, and how to manage it in the best manner; the way of his duty, that he may walk inoffensively both towards God and men; and the way of life and salvation, which is by Jesus Christ, which to understand and to walk in is the highest wisdom and prudence; but the folly of fools [is] deceit:
or "the wisdom of fools", which the opposition requires, and is meant, and is what the Holy Ghost calls "folly", as elsewhere, ( 1 Corinthians 3:19 ) ; this is itself "deceit"; it is science, falsely so called; it lies in tricking and deceiving; and the issue of it is, not only the deceiving of others, but themselves also: such is the folly of the man of sin and followers, which lies in deceiving the inhabitants of the earth with their sorceries and superstitions, with their lying wonders and miracles; see ( 2 Thessalonians 2:10 ) ( Revelation 13:14 ) ( 18:23 ) .

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