simple, naive, i.e., pertaining to persons that are easily deceived or persuaded, showing lack of wisdom and understanding, yet having some capacity to change this condition
Simple, foolish. generally describes the naive (not deranged) in Prov. who must be well taught, since an immature person believes anything (Prov 14:15). [But is not something worse than immaturity implied when along with mockers and fools (Prov 1:22) are said to have “rejected me,” “ignored my advice” and not to have “accepted my rebuke” (1:24–25 NIV)? If the simple refuses to learn he will go on to inherit the impairment of moral and spiritual values, Prov 14:18). To achieve moral and spiritual maturity, the naive are encouraged to receive prudence (Prov 1:4), to understand wisdom (Prov 8:5), and to dwell where wisdom makes her home (Prov 9:4). Otherwise, he may drift into temptation and then sin, immorality (Prov 7:7f.), robbery and murder (Prov 1:10–14). Apart from godly tutelage, he is on the road to death (Prov 7:7; 22:3).
Harris, R. L., Harris, R. L., Archer, G. L., & Waltke, B. K. (1999). Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (electronic ed.) (742–743). Chicago: Moody Press.
Published on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 6:26 AM CDT