Proverbs 8:5

5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[a]

Proverbs 8:5 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
English Standard Version (ESV)
5 O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some understanding.
The Message Bible (MSG)
5 Listen, you idiots - learn good sense! You blockheads - shape up!
American Standard Version (ASV)
5 O ye simple, understand prudence; And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
5 You gullible people, learn how to be sensible. You fools, get a heart that has understanding.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
5 Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced; develop common sense, you who are foolish.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
5 You who are childish, get some good sense. You who are foolish, gain understanding.

Proverbs 8:5 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 8:5

O ye simple, understand wisdom
The Gospel, the wisdom of God in a mystery, particularly the doctrine of salvation by Christ; it is the highest wisdom to know Christ and him crucified: and they are "the simple" who are weak and easy to be imposed upon, who are here called unto; and generally speaking such are they to whom the mysteries of grace are made known, while they are hid from the wise and prudent;

and ye fools, be of an understanding heart;
or "cause the heart to understand"; or "get an understanding heart" F20; make use of all means to get spiritual wisdom and understanding; all men, let them be what they will in other respects, are fools as to a spiritual and experimental knowledge of divine things; and that man can only be said to have truly an understanding heart that knows his own folly, the plague of his heart, his need of Christ, the worth of him; and has an understanding given him to know him and his interest in him.


F20 (bl wnybh) "facite cor intelligere", Baynus, Mercerus; "facite ut cor vestrum intelligat", so some in Vatablus; "acquirite animum sapientem", Gejerus.

Proverbs 8:5 In-Context

3 beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.

Cross References 2

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Septuagint; Hebrew "foolish, instruct your minds"
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