Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.
Wise people think before they act; fools don’t and even brag about it!
A commonsense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness.
A sharp man does everything with knowledge, but a foolish man makes clear his foolish thoughts.
The clever do all things intelligently, but the fool displays folly.
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.
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1 sn The shrewd person knows the circumstances, dangers and pitfalls that lie ahead. So he deals with them wisely. This makes him cautious.
2 tn Heb “spreads open” [his folly]. W. McKane suggests that this is a figure of a peddler displaying his wares (Proverbs [OTL], 456; cf. NAB “the fool peddles folly”). If given a chance, a fool will reveal his foolishness in public. But the wise study the facts and make decisions accordingly.