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 22:3

  • Salomão for verse 3
    It is worthy of note that the Bible points to sin as the beginning of evil in the world. And as the prudent is the one who bears God's character, knowing the consequences of sin through the Bible, he can avoid them and not suffer hurt!
  • Agnes Dadzie for verse 3
    Where can I find the meaning of Proverbs 22: 3? Is there any book that explains further?

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