Parallel Verses

Amplified

Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.

New American Standard Bible

Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly.

King James Version

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Holman Bible

Insight is a fountain of life for its possessor,
but the discipline of fools is folly.

International Standard Version

Anyone who has understanding is a fountain of life, but foolishness brings punishment to fools.

A Conservative Version

Understanding is a well-spring of life to him who has it, but the correction of fools is folly.

American Standard Version

Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it; But the correction of fools is their folly.

Bible in Basic English

Wisdom is a fountain of life to him who has it; but the punishment of the foolish is their foolish behaviour.

Darby Translation

Wisdom is a fountain of life for him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Julia Smith Translation

The understanding of him possessing it is a fountain of life: and the instruction of the foolish is folly.

King James 2000

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Lexham Expanded Bible

A fountain of life is wisdom for its owner, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Modern King James verseion

Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Understanding is a well of life unto him that hath it; as for the chastening of fools, it is but foolishness.

NET Bible

Insight is like a life-giving fountain to the one who possesses it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools.

New Heart English Bible

Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.

The Emphasized Bible

A well-spring of life, is discretion to its owner, but, the correction of the foolish, is folly.

Webster

Understanding is a well-spring of life to him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

World English Bible

Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, but the punishment of fools is their folly.

Youngs Literal Translation

A fountain of life is understanding to its possessors, The instruction of fools is folly.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׂכל שׂכל 
Sekel 
Usage: 16

is a wellspring
מקר מקור 
Maqowr 
Usage: 18

of life
חי 
Chay 
Usage: 502

it but the instruction
מוּסר 
Muwcar 
Usage: 50

of fools
אויל 
'eviyl 
Usage: 26

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

21 The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener]. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly. 23 The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips.



Cross References

Proverbs 10:11

The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 13:14

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.

Luke 6:39-40

He further told them a proverb: Can a blind [man] guide and direct a blind [man]? Will they not both stumble into a ditch or a hole in the ground?

John 5:24

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.

Proverbs 14:27

Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.

Proverbs 15:28

The mind of the [uncompromisingly] righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 18:4

The words of a [discreet and wise] man's mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].

Matthew 15:14

Let them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch.

Matthew 23:16-26

Woe to you, blind guides, who say, If anyone swears by the sanctuary of the temple, it is nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the sanctuary, he is a debtor [bound by his oath].

John 6:63

It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.

John 6:68

Simon Peter answered, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (the message) of eternal life.

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