A person who has a quick temper 1 does foolish things, and a person with crafty schemes 2 is hated. 3
A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.
Those who are short–tempered do foolish things, and schemers are hated.
The hotheaded do things they'll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder.
He who is quickly angry will do what is foolish, but the man of good sense will have quiet.
One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly, and the schemer is hated.
A quick–tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated.
[He that is] soon
and a man
of wicked devices
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A person who has a quick temper
things, and a person
with crafty schemes
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1 sn The proverb discusses two character traits that are distasteful to others – the quick tempered person (“short of anger” or impatient) and the crafty person (“man of devices”). C. H. Toy thinks that the proverb is antithetical and renders it “but a wise man endures” (Proverbs [ICC], 292). In other words, the quick-tempered person acts foolishly and loses people’s respect, but the wise man does not.
2 tn Heb “a man of devices.”
3 tc The LXX reads “endures” (from נָשָׂא, nasa’) rather than “is hated” (from שָׂנֵא, sane’). This change seems to have arisen on the assumption that a contrast was needed. It has: “a man of thought endures.” Other versions take מְזִמּוֹת (mÿzimmot) in a good sense; but antithetical parallelism is unwarranted here.