Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


The Blue Letter Bible
Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Prudence; Prudent

Dictionaries :: Prudence; Prudent

Choose a new font size and typeface
Below are articles from the following dictionary:
International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Prudence; Prudent:

proo'-dens, proo'-dent: In the Old Testament "prudence" is the translation of ‘ormah (Pr 8:12); also in the King James Version of sekhel (2Ch 2:12, the Revised Version (British and American) "discretion"); and "prudent" is the translation of ‘arum, "subtle" (Pr 12:16,23; 13:16, etc.; compare Ge 3:1; Job 5:12), and of bin (1Sa 16:18, the Revised Version margin "skillful"; Pr 16:21; 18:15; Isa 5:21; 10:13, the American Standard Revised Version "understanding," etc.), with other words. In the New Testament "prudence" occurs once as the translation of phronesis (Eph 1:8); "prudent" is in the King James Version the translation of sunetos, changed in the Revised Version (British and American) to "understanding" (Mt 11:25; Ac 13:7); in 1Co 1:19, the American Standard Revised Version has "the discerning," the English Revised Version retains "prudent." In its etymological sense of seeing beforehand (contraction of "providence"), "prudence" does not occur in the New Testament. As forethought, foresight, prudence was reckoned one of the cardinal virtues by the ancient ethical writers. See the remarks of Coleridge on its lower and higher character in his Aids to Reflection, Aphor. 29.

Written by W. L. Walker

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan


The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.