Parallel Verses

World English Bible

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

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.

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 wins favor; but the way of the unfaithful is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts from knowledge, but a fool exposes folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy gains healing.

Cross References

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools gush out folly.

Ecclesiastes 10:3

Yes also, when the fool walks by the way, his understanding fails him, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.

1 Samuel 25:10-11

Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants who break away from their masters these days.

1 Samuel 25:17

Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his house; for he is such a worthless fellow that one can't speak to him."

1 Samuel 25:25

Please don't let my lord regard this worthless fellow, even Nabal; for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him; but I, your handmaid, didn't see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.

Psalm 112:5

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

Proverbs 12:22-23

Lying lips are an abomination to Yahweh, but those who do the truth are his delight.

Proverbs 21:24

The proud and haughty man, "scoffer" is his name; he works in the arrogance of pride.

Isaiah 52:13

Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

Matthew 10:16

"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Romans 16:19

For your obedience has become known to all. I rejoice therefore over you. But I desire to have you wise in that which is good, but innocent in that which is evil.

1 Corinthians 14:20

Brothers, don't be children in thoughts, yet in malice be babies, but in thoughts be mature.

Ephesians 5:17

Therefore don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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