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

  • Jerry
    "The backslider in heart..." for all have sinned...you won't "QUIT" sinning til the day you die! So in this sense, we all backslid to a certain extend! But we shouldn't stay here in a backslidden condition too long... we should just confess our sins and get right with the Lord.
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 14: "Backslider", better rendered, "hypocrite, deceiver, pretender", may say the right things to appear to be something he isn't, is ruled by the senses, therefore will reap what is truly inside produced by his own wicked imagination. The "good man", ie. the person ruled by the Holy Spirit, will bring forth the good things which his own imagination produces. Matt.12:35
  • Steve
    We are living in the Church age so we are saved by Paul's Gospel 1Corinthians 15: 1-4 The old testament saints were not saved the same way we are because JESUS had not died yet. When they died they went to Abrahams bosom because they could not go to heaven yet because the blood of bulls and goats could not pay for their sin. It was not until JESUS died on the cross that all our sin was paid
  • Irene123
    To Brianna - I really liked that - don't believe everything one hears about God and His Word, but search it out - Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11. Something else interesting here: Jesus wasn't talking about the N.T. scriptures because they weren't written then; He referred to the O.T. Jesus and salvation are all thru the Old; that's what the old was all about.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 15
    The practical wisdom found in the Bible truly surpasses human thinking. This verse can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. There are so many religions and teachings, and sometimes people never research. However, this verse tells us not to believe everything we hear. Rather, THINK and research to make sure it is true.
  • 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.

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