Proverbs 19:2

ESV Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
NIV Desire without knowledge is not good-- how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
NASB Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And one who hurries his footsteps errs.
CSB Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins.
NLT Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.
KJV Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

What does Proverbs 19:2 mean?

Solomon insists that ambition without diligence or knowledge puts a person at risk. Without weighing all the facts of a matter (Proverbs 18:13, 17), an ambitious person may rush into a situation, only to discover severe consequences. Proverbs 14:12 explains, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." Wisdom and truth are often compared to a path (Proverbs 4:26; 15:10). Those who fail to watch their steps are inclined to become lost: to "miss their way." Other proverbs note that rash decision-making can lead to failure (Proverbs 21:5; 28:20).

The Bible counters "haste makes waste" decisions by exhorting believers to trust in the Lord for guidance. His wisdom promises clear direction (James 1:5; Proverbs 14:8, 15). Proverbs 3:5–6 states: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." The same passage warns against relying on oneself when making decisions. It commands: "Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil" (Proverbs 3:7).
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