Proverbs 22:3

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A prudent man foreseeth the euill, and hideth himselfe: but the simple passe on, and are punished.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The sharp man sees the evil and takes cover: the simple go straight on and get into trouble.
- Basic English Bible

A prudent [man] seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Darby Bible

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Webster's Bible

A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.
- World English Bible

The prudent hath seen the evil, and is hidden, And the simple have passed on, and are punished.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the thoughtless pass on, and are punished.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 22:3


22:3 The evil - The judgment of God threatened, and approaching. Hideth - Retires to his strong tower, by prayer and repentance, puts himself under the protection of the almighty. Pass on - Carefully and securely.


Discussion for Proverbs 22

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:6 TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT 22:15 FOOLISHNESS IS BOUND IN THE HEART OF A CHILD BUT THE ROD OF CORRECTION SHALL DRIVE IT FAR FROM HIM DEUTERONOMY 29:29 THE SECRET THINGS BELONG TO THE LORD OUR GOD BUT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE REVEALED BELONG UNTO US AND TO --- OUR CHILDREN --- FOREVER THAT WE MAY DO ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:20 HAVE NOT I WRITTEN TO THEE EXCELLENT THINGS IN COUNSEL AND KNOWLEDGE 22:21 THAT I MIGHT MAKE THEE KNOW THE CERTAINTY OF THE WORDS OF TRUTH --- THAT THOU MIGHTEST ANSWER THE WORDS OF TRUTH --- TO THEM THAT SEND UNTO THEE*****2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 AND WITH ALL DECEIVEABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED
  • A disciple
    Mimi; This Proverb has to do with keeping guard over what kind of influences we will encounter, so not to let a bad character or behavior rub off on us. This is not really the case when someone is abusive or violent toward us; but for in a social setting, as of among friends and coworkers, etc. If someone is hurting you, you have to get away from that person to a safe place, and get help quickly!
  • Mr. Smith
    Mimi. The verse is saying literally, "don't be like" the angry/furious man or you might learn to be the same way. "Make no friendship with" is saying, "don't show that you approve" of the behavior. You can take authority over the spirit of anger in Jesus name. Also pray in the spirit (Rom 8:26-27). If there is physical abuse, get out and get help. You're not to be a door mat or punching bag.
  • BSP
    We need to be clever in practical affairs or sharp witted in order to avoid calamity as verse 3 shows.
  • Demelash for verse 26
    This is a good warning. Basically saying not to cosign for another person. This situation comes up usually when a person is buying a car. A family member asked me to co-sign for her a vehicle and I remembered this scripture. It is not sinful or wrong to co-sign, just not wise.

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