Proverbs 14:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 14:15, NIV: The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

Proverbs 14:15, ESV: The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Proverbs 14:15, KJV: The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

Proverbs 14:15, NASB: The naive believes everything, But the sensible person considers his steps.

Proverbs 14:15, NLT: Only simpletons believe everything they're told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.

Proverbs 14:15, CSB: The inexperienced one believes anything, but the sensible one watches his steps.

What does Proverbs 14:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Critics who claim the Bible promotes "blind faith" prove only that they've never bothered to read it. This is one of many teachings in Scripture about the need for cautious, reasonable skepticism (Proverbs 14:18; Acts 17:11; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 John 4:1). Proverbs 14:15 contrasts the foolishness of gullibility with the wisdom of thoughtfulness (Matthew 10:16). This is a slightly different emphasis than the following verses (Proverbs 14:16–17) which warn against being too quick to judge or act.

The members of the Galatian churches were gullible. Instead of clinging to the gospel Paul had delivered to them, they believed what false teachers told them. The false teachers preached a false gospel that required circumcision and conforming to the law of Moses for salvation. Paul called the Galatians foolish and bewitched because they had begun in the Spirit but had succumbed to the belief that the works of the law were necessary for salvation (Galatians 3:1–3). He urges them in Galatians 1:8–9 to consider accursed every teacher that preaches a false gospel. Today, as in Paul's day, it is wise to weigh carefully what we see and hear before accepting a teaching. The Scriptures are our only perfectly reliable guide for our path through life (Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:15–17).