Proverbs 13:16

NET ©

Every shrewd person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.

NIV ©

Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.

NASB ©

Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.

NLT ©

Wise people think before they act; fools don’t and even brag about it!

MSG ©

A commonsense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness.

BBE ©

A sharp man does everything with knowledge, but a foolish man makes clear his foolish thoughts.

NRSV ©

The clever do all things intelligently, but the fool displays folly.

NKJV ©

Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.

KJV
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NET © Notes

sn The shrewd person knows the circumstances, dangers and pitfalls that lie ahead. So he deals with them wisely. This makes him cautious.

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.