Proverbs 15:21
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English Standard Version
Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

King James Bible
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

American Standard Version
Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding maketh straight his going.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise man maketh straight his steps.

English Revised Version
Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom: but a man of understanding maketh straight his going.

Webster's Bible Translation
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

Proverbs 15:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil;

     But he who is of a joyful heart hath a perpetual feast.

Regarding עני (the afflicted), vid., 21b. They are so called on whom a misfortune, or several of them, press externally or internally. If such an one is surrounded by ever so many blessings, yet is his life day by day a sad one, because with each new day the feeling of his woe which oppresses him renews itself; whoever, on the contrary, is of joyful heart (gen. connection as Proverbs 11:13; Proverbs 12:8), such an one (his life) is always a feast, a banquet (not משׁתּה, as it may be also pointed, but משׁתּה and תּמיד thus adv., for it is never adj.; the post-bib. usage is תּמידין for עולות תּמיד). Hitzig (and also Zckler) renders 15b: And (the days) of one who is of a joyful heart are.... Others supply לו (cf. Proverbs 27:7), but our rendering does not need that. We have here again an example of that attribution (Arab. isnâd) in which that which is attributed (musnad) is a condition (hal) of a logical subject (the musnad ilêhi), and thus he who speaks has this, not in itself, but in the sense of the condition; the inwardly cheerful is feasts evermore, i.e., the condition of such an one is like a continual festival. The true and real happiness of a man is thus defined, not by external things, but by the state of the heart, in which, in spite of the apparently prosperous condition, a secret sorrow may gnaw, and which, in spite of an externally sorrowful state, may be at peace, and be joyfully confident in God.

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joy

Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding has wisdom.

Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

Proverbs 26:18,19 As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death...

destitute of wisdom

Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.

a man

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Ephesians 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Cross References
Ephesians 5:15
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

Proverbs 10:23
Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

Proverbs 15:22
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

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