Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

King James Version

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Holman Bible

Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his foolishness.

International Standard Version

It's better to meet a mother bear who has lost her cubs than a fool in his stupidity.

A Conservative Version

Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.

American Standard Version

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.

Amplified

Let [the brute ferocity of] a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a [self-confident] fool in his folly [when he is in a rage].

Bible in Basic English

It is better to come face to face with a bear whose young ones have been taken away than with a foolish man acting foolishly.

Darby Translation

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a fool in his folly.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

Julia Smith Translation

A bereaved bear meeting with a, man, and not a fool in his folly.

King James 2000

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[May] a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring and not a fool in his folly.

Modern King James verseion

Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

It were better to come against a she Bear robbed of her whelps, than against a fool in his foolishness.

NET Bible

It is better for a person to meet a mother bear being robbed of her cubs, than to encounter a fool in his folly.

New Heart English Bible

Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

The Emphasized Bible

Let a bereaved bear encounter man, rather than a dullard, with his folly!

Webster

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

World English Bible

Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Youngs Literal Translation

The meeting of a bereaved bear by a man, And -- not a fool in his folly.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
דּוב דּב 
Dob 
Usage: 12

שׁכּל שׁכּוּל 
Shakkuwl 
Usage: 7

פּגשׁ 
Pagash 
Usage: 14

a man
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

אל 
'al 
Usage: 727

a fool
כּסיל 
K@ciyl 
Usage: 70

References

American

Easton

Fausets

Hastings

Morish

Watsons

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

11 A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. 13 He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.



Cross References

2 Samuel 17:8

Moreover, Hushai said, "You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men and they are fierce, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is an expert in warfare, and will not spend the night with the people.

Hosea 13:8

I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs, And I will tear open their chests; There I will also devour them like a lioness, As a wild beast would tear them.

Proverbs 27:3

A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

2 Kings 2:24

When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.

Proverbs 28:15

Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Matthew 2:16

Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

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