Proverbs 15:21
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New International Version
Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

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

Darby Bible Translation
Folly is joy to him that is void of sense; but a man of understanding regulateth his walk.

World English Bible
Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding keeps his way straight.

Young's Literal Translation
Folly is joy to one lacking heart, And a man of intelligence directeth his going.

Proverbs 15:21 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns - Because he is slothful, he imagines ten thousand difficulties in the way which cannot be surmounted; but they are all the creatures of his own imagination, and that imagination is formed by his sloth.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

Library
God, the All-Seeing One
A sermon (No. 177) delivered on Sabbath morning, February 14, 1858 At The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens by C. H. Spurgeon. "Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?" -- Proverbs 15:11. You have often smiled at the ignorance of heathens who bow themselves before gods of wood and stone. You have quoted the words of Scripture and you have said, "Eyes have they, but they see not; ears have they, but they hear not." You have therefore argued that
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

How the Humble and the Haughty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 18.) Differently to be admonished are the humble and the haughty. To the former it is to be insinuated how true is that excellence which they hold in hoping for it; to the latter it is to be intimated how that temporal glory is as nothing which even when embracing it they hold not. Let the humble hear how eternal are the things that they long for, how transitory the things which they despise; let the haughty hear how transitory are the things they court, how eternal the things they
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

An Exposition on the First Ten Chapters of Genesis, and Part of the Eleventh
An unfinished commentary on the Bible, found among the author's papers after his death, in his own handwriting; and published in 1691, by Charles Doe, in a folio volume of the works of John Bunyan. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR Being in company with an enlightened society of Protestant dissenters of the Baptist denomination, I observed to a doctor of divinity, who was advancing towards his seventieth year, that my time had been delightfully engaged with John Bunyan's commentary on Genesis. "What,"
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Solomon
In the reign of David and Solomon, Israel became strong among the nations and had many opportunities to wield a mighty influence in behalf of truth and the right. The name of Jehovah was exalted and held in honor, and the purpose for which the Israelites had been established in the Land of Promise bade fair of meeting with fulfillment. Barriers were broken down, and seekers after truth from the lands of the heathen were not turned away unsatisfied. Conversions took place, and the church of God on
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Ephesians 5:15
Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise,

Proverbs 10:23
A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

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