Proverbs 14:8

“The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The wisedome of the prudent is to vnderstand his way: but the folly of fooles is deceit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; But the folly of fools is deceit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The wisdom of the man of good sense makes his way clear; but the unwise behaviour of the foolish is deceit.
- Basic English Bible

The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way; but the folly of the foolish is deceit.
- Darby Bible

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
- Webster's Bible

The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
- World English Bible

The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way, And the folly of fools [is] deceit.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The wisdom of the prudent is to look well to his way; but the folly of fools is deceit.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 14:8


14:8 His way - Consists not in vain speculations, but in a diligent study of his duty, and of the way to eternal happiness. The folly - The wit of ungodly men, which is really their folly, is employed only in finding out ways of deceiving.


Discussion for Proverbs 14

  • Charlotte
    Obeying and walking in God's Holy word will bring elevation and increase to a nation doing the opposite by allowing sin to overtake you, will cause the DE elevation and down fall of a nation.
  • Lilian
    Without hearing or meditating the word of God it is impossible to please him and to gain faith. It is He who give us this gift of faith. Blessed are those who are hungry for righteousness for they shall see God pray for those who curse and persecute you for they shall the glory of God. If God is for us who can be against us. A wise man will not give a place for the foolish and evil man . Jesus wants our eyes to fix on him. Our obedience to his words are very important when seeking diligently Jesus. He will turn our pain into joy. Lets give thanks to his blood and praise him for what he have done in our life and this is should be our prayers. Amen
  • Tim mock
    Proverbs is one of the most instructional books of the Bible. God truly inspire Solomon .
  • This is the verse to read and take to heart before doing...pretty much anything. Also this verse came to my attention by the grace of God when I was into the occult. It one of the first verses I came to that would help point me into a new direction. This verse indicates that the occult,witchcraft,etc. Is a lie and a deception that will only lead a person to hell.
  • Phakamani Ngema for verse 12
    This verse is based on Christians decision making, there are decisions a man does he she may think it is good but at the end he she will find hm self in danger.
  • Eric Osadebe for verse 12
    The above scripture stands to encourage Christians not to go into worldly things because the end of it is always destructive

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