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Proverbs 14:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The simple believeth every word; But the prudent man looketh well to his going.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The simple believeth every word; but the prudent [man] heedeth his going.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The simple, believeth every word, but, the prudent, looketh well to his going.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The simple giveth credence to everything, And the prudent attendeth to his step.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The simple beleeueth euery word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The simple believes every word: but the prudent man betakes himself to after-thought.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The simple 6612
{6612} Prime
From H6601; silly (that is, seducible).
believeth 539
{0539} Prime
A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isaiah 30:21; by interchange for H0541) to go to the right hand.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
every x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
word: 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
but the prudent 6175
{6175} Prime
Passive participle of H6191; cunning (usually in a bad sense).
[man] looketh well 995
{0995} Prime
A primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), that is, (generally) understand.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
to his going. 838
{0838} Prime
From H0833 in the sense of going; a step.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 14:15

_ _ The simple ... word — He is credulous, not from love, but heedlessness (Proverbs 13:16).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 14:15

_ _ Note, 1. It is folly to be credulous, to heed every flying report, to give ear to every man's story, though ever so improbable, to take things upon trust from common fame, to depend upon every man's profession of friendship and give credit to every one that will promise payment; those are simple who thus believe every word, forgetting that all men, in some sense, are liars in comparison with God, all whose words we are to believe with an implicit faith, for he cannot lie. 2. It is wisdom to be cautious: The prudent man will try before he trusts, will weigh both the credibility of the witness and the probability of the testimony, and then give judgment as the thing appears or suspend his judgment till it appears. Prove all things, and believe not every spirit.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 14:15

The simple — A foolish man. Looketh — He orders his dealings in the world with due circumspection, not considering so much what other men say as what he ought to do.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Proverbs 27:12 A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, [and] hideth himself; [but] the simple pass on, [and] are punished.
Romans 16:18-19 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. ... For your obedience is come abroad unto all [men]. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
Ephesians 4:14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

the prudent:

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.
Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.
Acts 13:7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
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Pv 4:26; 14:8; 22:3; 27:12. Am 5:13. Ac 13:7. Ro 16:18. Ep 4:14; 5:17. 1Jn 4:1.

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This scripture is saying the wise understand the truth.(which is and is given unto man). The Hebrew word translated "looketh well" is the word which means to understand(which means to distinguish and discern). Also, given the Hebrew word for trust is used as an action verb, this word means to act accordingly. Thus, " The seducible act according to every word(spoken word): but the cunning ones look well(understand) to his going. This is not a matter of walking without surety in the case of the cunning ones, this is a matter of the cunning ones looking into (researching) and examining their way before they take it, as opposed to the simple hasting into a way. The Spirit, which CHRIST sent leads and guides us into all truth. There is no need to worry about or ask the famous question of Plilate "What is truth?", because the Holy Spirit will shed light on everything in the path of God.
- Smooth (9/28/2013 8:52:23 AM)
Did you know there are about 878 different gods that man created be careful what you say about anybody or any one who knows who is right and who is wrong our bible or scriptures are not the original as like the bible how do we know what they left out when they translated it ?
- G (9/19/2013 3:16:07 PM)
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