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(1.00) (2Co 11:16)

tn Or “am foolish.”

(0.88) (Psa 38:5)

tn Heb “from before my foolishness.”

(0.88) (Psa 69:5)

tn Heb “you know my foolishness.”

(0.75) (1Sa 25:25)

tn Heb “and foolishness is with him.”

(0.75) (2Sa 6:20)

tn Heb “one of the foolish ones.”

(0.63) (Pro 29:9)

tn Heb “a wise man…a foolish man.”

(0.63) (Isa 9:17)

tn Or “foolishness” (NASB), here in a moral-ethical sense.

(0.53) (Deu 32:21)

tn Heb “a foolish nation” (so KJV, NAB, NRSV); NIV “a nation that has no understanding”; NLT “I will provoke their fury by blessing the foolish Gentiles.”

(0.53) (Pro 14:3)

tn The preposition בְּ (bet) may denote (1) exchange: “in exchange for” foolish talk there is a rod; or (2) cause: “because of” foolish talk.

(0.50) (Pro 10:14)

tn Heb “the mouth of foolishness”; cf. NRSV, NLT “the babbling of a fool.” The term פֶּה (peh, “mouth”) functions as a metonymy of cause for speech. The genitive אֶוִיל (’evil, “foolishness”) functions as an attributive adjective: “a foolish mouth” = foolish speech.

(0.50) (Pro 19:13)

tn Heb “a foolish son” (so KJV, NAB, NIV, CEV); NRSV “a stupid child.”

(0.50) (Isa 32:6)

tn Or “foolishness,” in a moral-ethical sense. See 9:17.

(0.50) (Isa 44:10)

tn The rhetorical question is sarcastic. The sense is, “Who is foolish enough…?”

(0.44) (Psa 49:10)

sn Death shows no respect for anyone. No matter how wise or foolish an individual happens to be, all pass away.

(0.44) (Pro 17:18)

sn It is foolish to pledge security for someone’s loans (e.g., Prov 6:1-5).

(0.44) (Ecc 7:25)

tn Or “the folly of madness” The genitive construct phrase וְהַסִּכְלוּת הוֹלֵלוֹת (vÿhassikhlut holelot) may be taken as a genitive of attribution (“the stupidity of wickedness”) or a genitive of attribute (“the evil of folly”). The phrase is rendered variously: “foolishness and madness” (KJV); “foolishness of madness” (NASB); “madness of folly” (NIV); “madness and folly” (NJPS); “the foolishness which is madness” (NEB); and “foolishness [or folly] is madness” (ASV, NAB, NRSV, MLB, Moffatt).

(0.38) (Pro 9:6)

tn There are two ways to take this word: either as “fools” or as “foolish ways.” The spelling for “foolishness” in v. 13 differs from this spelling, and so some have taken that as an indicator that this should be “fools.” But this could still be an abstract plural here as in 1:22. Either the message is to forsake fools (i.e., bad company; cf. KJV, TEV) or forsake foolishness (cf. NAB, NASB, NIV, NCV, NRSV, NLT).

(0.38) (Pro 9:13)

tc The text of v. 13 has been difficult for translators. The MT has, “The foolish woman is boisterous, simplicity, and knows not what.” The LXX reads, “A foolish and impudent woman comes to lack a morsel, she who knows not shame.” The Syriac has, “a woman lacking in discretion, seductive.” Tg. Prov 9:13 translates it, “a foolish woman and a gadabout, ignorant, and she knows not good.” The Vulgate has, “a woman foolish and noisy, and full of wiles, and knowing nothing at all.”

(0.38) (Pro 18:22)

tc The LXX adds this embellishment to complete the thought: “Whoever puts away a good wife puts away good, and whoever keeps an adulteress is foolish and ungodly.”

(0.38) (Pro 20:25)

sn It would be a “snare” because it would lead people into financial difficulties; Leviticus 27 talks about foolish or rash vows.

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