Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

Holman Bible

Every sensible person acts knowledgeably,
but a fool displays his stupidity.

International Standard Version

Every sensible person acts from knowledge, but a fool demonstrates folly.

A Conservative Version

Every prudent man works with knowledge, but a fool flaunts folly.

American Standard Version

Every prudent man worketh with knowledge; But a fool flaunteth his folly.


Every prudent and self-disciplined man acts with knowledge,
But a [closed-minded] fool [who refuses to learn] displays his foolishness [for all to see].

Bible in Basic English

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

Darby Translation

Every prudent man acteth with knowledge; but the foolish layeth open his folly.

Julia Smith Translation

Every prudent one will do in knowledge: and the foolish one will spread folly.

King James 2000

Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Anyone who is clever will act with intelligence, but the fool will display folly.

Modern King James verseion

Every wise one deals with knowledge, but a fool lays open his folly.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A wise man doth all things with discretion; but a fool will declare his folly.

NET Bible

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

New Heart English Bible

Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly.

The Emphasized Bible

Every prudent man, maketh use of knowledge, but, a dullard, spreadeth folly.


Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

World English Bible

Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly.

Youngs Literal Translation

Every prudent one dealeth with knowledge, And a fool spreadeth out folly.


Root Form
Usage: 11

with knowledge
Usage: 91

but a fool
Usage: 70

Context Readings

A Wise Son Lives Righteously

15 Good understanding produces favor,
But the way of the treacherous is hard.
16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool displays folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into adversity,
But a faithful envoy brings healing.

Cross References

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:3

Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.

1 Samuel 25:10-11

But Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master.

1 Samuel 25:17

Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

1 Samuel 25:25

Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.

Psalm 112:5

It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
He will maintain his cause in judgment.

Proverbs 12:22-23

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.

Proverbs 21:24

“Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names,
Who acts with insolent pride.

Isaiah 52:13

Behold, My servant will prosper,
He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.

Romans 16:19

For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.

1 Corinthians 14:20

Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

Ephesians 5:17

So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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