Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

“O naive ones, understand prudence;
And, O fools, understand wisdom.

King James Version

O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

Holman Bible

Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced;
develop common sense, you who are foolish.

International Standard Version

Understand prudence, you naive people; and gain an understanding heart, you foolish ones.

A Conservative Version

O ye simple, understand prudence, and, ye fools, be of an understanding heart.

American Standard Version

O ye simple, understand prudence; And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart.

Amplified


“O you naive or inexperienced [who are easily misled], understand prudence and seek astute common sense;
And, O you [closed-minded, self-confident] fools, understand wisdom [seek the insight and self-discipline that leads to godly living].

Bible in Basic English

Become expert in reason, O you simple ones; you foolish ones, take training to heart.

Darby Translation

O ye simple, understand prudence; and ye foolish, understand sense.

Julia Smith Translation

Understand craftiness, ye simple: and ye foolish, understand the heart

King James 2000

O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be of an understanding heart.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn {intelligence}.

Modern King James verseion

O simple ones, understand wisdom; and, fools, be of an understanding heart.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Take heed unto knowledge, O ye ignorant; be wise in heart, O ye fools.

NET Bible

You who are naive, discern wisdom! And you fools, understand discernment!

New Heart English Bible

You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart.

The Emphasized Bible

Understand, ye simple ones, shrewdness, and, ye dullards understand sense;

Webster

O ye simple, understand wisdom: and ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

World English Bible

You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart.

Youngs Literal Translation

Understand, ye simple ones, prudence, And ye fools, understand the heart,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
O ye simple
פּתאי פּתי פּתי 
P@thiy 
Usage: 19

ערמה 
`ormah 
Usage: 5

and, ye fools
כּסיל 
K@ciyl 
Usage: 70

be ye of an understanding
בּין 
Biyn 
Usage: 169

References

Hastings

Context Readings

Wisdom Calls

4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men. 5 “O naive ones, understand prudence;
And, O fools, understand wisdom.
6 Hear, for I will speak of excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things.


Cross References

Proverbs 1:22

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and the fools hate knowledge?

Proverbs 1:4

to give prudence to the simple, and to the young men knowledge and council.

Psalm 19:7

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 94:8

Understand, ye carnal ones among the people, and, ye fools, when will ye be wise?

Proverbs 9:4

whosoever is simple, let him turn in here; as for those that lack understanding, , she saith unto him,

Isaiah 42:13

The LORD shall go forth as a giant; he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war; he shall cry out a battle cry; he shall prevail against his enemies.

Isaiah 55:1-3

Ho, every one that thirsts, come ye to the waters, and he that has no money; come ye, buy, and eat; come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Acts 26:18

to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive remission of sins and inheritance among those who are sanctified by the faith that is in me.

1 Corinthians 1:28

and that which is vile of the world and that which is despised God has chosen, and things which are not, to bring to nought the things that are,

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Know ye not that the unjust shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate nor homosexuals

Revelation 3:17-18

Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,

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