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

  • Kathie ellis
    We have to raise are children in the way of the Lord, otherwise
    the Hollywood entertainers,mainstream media, etc. will be there
    influence. The bottom line is, we need to ask God for wisdom, who
    freely gives to those who asks!
  • Irene123
    To Mimi on v. 24 - This isn't specifically about marriage, but is applicable. It refers to one's friendships, whether man's or woman's. If you 'marry' a man or a man marries a woman, the same principle applies. To marry an 'angry type person, or a drinker of alcohol, or a slovenly person - is to court disaster.
  • Mimi
    Could someone please explain verse 24 in the context of marriage? I have read the entire chapter of Proverbs 22 and I still don't understand what it is saying to a person who is married to the person in Proverbs 22:24? Thank you for your comments.







  • BSP
    We need to be clever in practical affairs or sharp witted in order to avoid calamity as verse 3 shows.
  • PREYOR Ebizimor for verse 29
    When you are committed in what you are doing, favour will be yours from man and God.
  • Neenee
    i believe it means don't put yourself in bondage

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