Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

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

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.

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
Let a bear
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 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his foolishness.
13 If anyone returns evil for good,
evil will never depart from his house.



Cross References

2 Samuel 17:8

Hushai continued, “You know your father and his men. They are warriors and are desperate like a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Your father is an experienced soldier who won’t spend the night with the people.

Hosea 13:8

I will attack them
like a bear robbed of her cubs
and tear open the rib cage over their hearts.
I will devour them there like a lioness,
like a wild beast that would rip them open.

Proverbs 27:3

A stone is heavy and sand, a burden,
but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.

2 Kings 2:24

He turned around, looked at them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two female bears came out of the woods and mauled 42 of the children.

Proverbs 28:15

A wicked ruler over a helpless people
is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.

Matthew 2:16

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men.

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