Parallel Verses

King James 2000

It is as sport to a fool to do wrong: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

New American Standard Bible

Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,
And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

King James Version

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Holman Bible

As shameful conduct is pleasure for a fool,
so wisdom is for a man of understanding.

International Standard Version

Just as the fool considers wickedness his joy, so is wisdom to the discerning man.

A Conservative Version

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief, and [so is] wisdom to a man of understanding.

American Standard Version

It is as sport to a fool to do wickedness; And'so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

Amplified


Engaging in evil is like sport to the fool [who refuses wisdom and chases sin],
But to a man of understanding [skillful and godly] wisdom brings joy.

Bible in Basic English

It is sport to the foolish man to do evil, but the man of good sense takes delight in wisdom.

Darby Translation

It is as sport to a foolish man to do wickedness; but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Julia Smith Translation

As laughter to the foolish one, to do mischief: and wisdom is to the man of understanding.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[It is] like a sport for a fool to do wrong, wisdom for a person of understanding.

Modern King James verseion

To work out evil devices is as laughter to a fool; so wisdom is to a man of understanding.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A fool doth wickedly and maketh but a sport of it; nevertheless it is wisdom for a man to beware of such.

NET Bible

Carrying out a wicked scheme is enjoyable to a fool, and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment.

New Heart English Bible

It is a fool's pleasure to do wickedness, but wisdom is a man of understanding's pleasure.

The Emphasized Bible

It is, mere sport to a stupid man, to commit lewdness, but, wisdom, pertaineth to a man of understanding.

Webster

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

World English Bible

It is a fool's pleasure to do wickedness, but wisdom is a man of understanding's pleasure.

Youngs Literal Translation

To execute inventions is as play to a fool, And wisdom to a man of understanding.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
It is as sport
שׂחק שׂחוק 
S@chowq 
Usage: 15

to a fool
כּסיל 
K@ciyl 
Usage: 70

to do

Usage: 0

but a man
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

תּובנה תּבוּנה תּבוּןo 
Tabuwn 
Usage: 42

Context Readings

Proverbs Concerning The Mouth

22 The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. 23 It is as sport to a fool to do wrong: but a man of understanding has wisdom. 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.



Cross References

Proverbs 15:21

Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

Proverbs 2:14

Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of the wicked;

Proverbs 14:9

Fools make a mockery of sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

Proverbs 26:18-19

As a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,

Ecclesiastes 11:9

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

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