PRU'DENT, a. Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; careful of the consequences of enterprises, measures or actions; cautious not to act when the end is of doubtful utility, or probably impracticable.
Proverb for the Day - Prudence and Evil
Today is Tuesday, April 27, 2010. We are getting near the end of the month and I am in the 27th chapter of Proverbs. Today I picked verse 12. This verse tells what a prudent person does with evil.
First off, I would like to share the definition of Prudent from Webster's 1828 Dictionary. Can you believe the Dictionary version is this old. This is a free version obtained from a web site by the name of
This site gives free downloads (some cost money so only download the free versions if you do not want to pay) of Bibles and reference materials. This Dictionary was originally keyed to the Bible because many schools in the United States at one time used the Bible for a reader for their children. Webster keyed the Dictionary to the Bible so that anyone learning to read would know what the words meant. (Just some trivia from a person who likes to read history of schooling in the U.S.)
Okay, enough of all the explanations. Here is the definition:
I have had many times in my life when I backed away from something that just did not settle with me. Others around me made fun of me and accused me of being too cautious. Now in reading this proverb, I have found that listening to that inward warning and heeding it, has saved me a lot of grief. What I thought was a put-down for many years is simply what Proverbs is talking about in this verse. Sometimes it's nice to learn that you did something that was good. This verse also tells what a simple person will do when encountered with evil and what are the consequences of each action.