Proverbs 14:16-17

16 The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.

Proverbs 14:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
ESV
16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.
NLT
16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.
MSG
16 The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.
CSB
16 A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless.

Proverbs 14:16-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST KINGS 4

As in the preceding chapter we have a proof of the wisdom and understanding which the Lord gave to Solomon, as promised, so in this an account is given of the riches and honour he was possessed of; of him, as king over all Israel, and of his princes, 1Ki 4:1-6; of the providers of food for his household in the several parts of the land, 1Ki 4:7-19; of the largeness and extent of his dominions, and of the peace and prosperity thereof, 1Ki 4:20,21,24,25; of his daily provisions for his household and for his cattle, 1Ki 4:22,23,26-28; and of his superior wisdom and knowledge to all others in all nations, which brought some out of all to hear it, 1Ki 4:29-34.

Proverbs 14:16-17 In-Context

14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.
15 The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.
16 The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Exodus 20:20; Proverbs 22:3
  • 2. S 1 Samuel 25:25
  • 3. S 2 Kings 5:12
  • 4. ver 29; Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 26:21; Proverbs 28:25; Proverbs 29:22
  • 5. S Esther 5:9
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