Proverbs 18:13

“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame vnto him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

To give an answer before hearing is a foolish thing and a cause of shame.
- Basic English Bible

He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and shame unto him.
- Darby Bible

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame to him.
- Webster's Bible

He who gives answer before he hears, that is folly and shame to him.
- World English Bible

Whoso is answering a matter before he heareth, Folly it is to him and shame.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that giveth answer before he heareth, it is folly and confusion unto him.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Proverbs 18:13

  • Cathy Mick for verse 13
    A sin of mine.
  • Brianna for verse 13
    Very practical advice from the bible. It encourages to think before you speak hear all sides of a matter. This simple verse can be applied today in relationships within the family or friendships. A husband and wife can apply this scripture in listening to their spouse and their feelings when an argument arises. When there are rumors about your friend listen to the and their side before making a judgement. This one little scripture is powerful, and if applied, can make a positive change in our lives!
  • Yes! It actually shows that someone is a fool, giving an answer to something you haven 't heard. God gave us the spirit of sound mind!!
  • You should hear the whole thing before you answer
    noone knows what the other person is going to say so don't answer until you hear it all.

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