A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
– Proverbs 12:16
The word for presently means in a day, or we might say immediately. The second phrase shows the proverb is considering reactions to shame, or being crossed in some way. The fool has no self-control and reacts immediately with anger. He must make his displeasure known (Proverbs 29:11). The word for prudent means shrewd and it can be used negatively or positively. The word carries the idea of making plans. The man described in the second phrase is one who thinks things through and determines the best course of action. He doesn’t react in the heat of anger like the fool. He weighs carefully before he speaks or acts (Proverbs 14:8, 15). The word for covereth means to conceal or hide. A good way for us to look at it would be in terms of overlooking. A prudent man overlooks an insult without spouting off about it.