Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 14:16


A wise person is cautious 1  and turns from evil, but a fool throws off restraint 2  and is overconfident. 3 


Ge 33:9; Ge 42:18; 1Ki 19:2; 1Ki 20:10,11,18; Ne 5:15; Job 31:21-23; Ps 119:120; Pr 3:7; Pr 7:22; Pr 16:6,17; Pr 22:3; Pr 28:14; Pr 29:9; Ec 10:13; Mr 6:17-19,24,25; Joh 9:40; 1Th 5:22

NET © Notes

tn Heb “fears.” Since the holy name (Yahweh, translated “the Lord”) is not used, it probably does not here mean fear of the Lord, but of the consequences of actions.

tn The Hitpael of עָבַר (’avar, “to pass over”) means “to pass over the bounds of propriety; to act insolently” (BDB 720 s.v.; cf. ASV “beareth himself insolently”).

tn The verb בָּטַח here denotes self-assurance or overconfidence. Fools are not cautious and do not fear the consequences of their actions.

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