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Proverbs 14:16–17

16  aOne who is wise is cautious4 and bturns away from evil,

but a fool is reckless and careless.

17  A man of cquick temper acts foolishly,

and a man of evil devices is hated.

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Proverbs 14:16–17 — The New International Version (NIV)

16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,

but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things,

and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil:

But the fool rageth, and is confident.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:

And a man of wicked devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — New Living Translation (NLT)

16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger;

fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

17 Short-tempered people do foolish things,

and schemers are hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

16 A wise man fears and departs from evil,

But a fool rages and is self-confident.

17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,

And a man of wicked intentions is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — New Century Version (NCV)

16 Wise people are careful and stay out of trouble,

but fools are careless and quick to act.

17 Someone with a quick temper does foolish things,

but someone with understanding remains calm.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil;

But the fool beareth himself insolently, and is confident.

17 He that is soon angry will deal foolishly;

And a man of wicked devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

16 A wise man feareth and departeth from evil; but the foolish is overbearing and confident.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly, and a man of mischievous devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

16 A wise person is cautious and turns away from evil, 

but a fool is carelessand overconfident. 

17 A short-tempered person acts stupidly, 

and a person who plots evil is hated. 

Proverbs 14:16–17 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

16 A wise man is cautious and turns from evil,

but a fool is easily angered and is careless.

17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,

and a man who schemes is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

16 The wise are cautious and turn away from evil,

but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.

17 One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly,

and the schemer is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

16 The wise is cautious and turns from evil,

but the fool throws off restraint and is confident.

17 He who is short of temper will act foolishly,

and the man who schemes will be hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

16 A wise person has respect for the Lord and avoids evil.

But a foolish person gets mad and is thoughtless.

17 Anyone who gets angry quickly does foolish things.

And a man who is tricky is hated.

Proverbs 14:16–17 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil,

But a fool is arrogant and careless.

17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,

And a man of evil devices is hated.


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