Proverbs 12:15
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New International Version
The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

New Living Translation
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

English Standard Version
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

New American Standard Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

King James Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool's way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise.

International Standard Version
The lifestyle of the fool is right in his own opinion, but wise is the man who listens to advice.

NET Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own opinion, but the one who listens to advice is wise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The way of the fool is beautiful in his eyes, and he that listens to counsel is wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A stubborn fool considers his own way the right one, but a person who listens to advice is wise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but he that hears counsel is wise.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise.

American King James Version
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise.

American Standard Version
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsels.

Darby Bible Translation
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

English Revised Version
The way of the foolish is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth to counsel is wise.

World English Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who is wise listens to counsel.

Young's Literal Translation
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, And whoso is hearkening to counsel is wise.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:14. When men use their tongues aright, to teach and comfort others, they enjoy acceptance through Christ Jesus; and the testimony of their conscience, that they in some measure answer the end of their being. 15. A fool, in the sense of Scripture, means a wicked man, one who acts contrary to the wisdom that is from above. His rule is, to do what is right in his own eyes.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; i.e. in his own judgment (Proverbs 3:7: 16:2). The second clause is best translated, as in the Revised Version, "But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel," distrusting his own unaided judgment, which might lead him astray (Proverbs 13:10; Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25; Proverbs 21:2; comp. Ecclus. 35:19; Tobit 4:18). Theognis, 221, etc. -

Ὅς τις τοι δοκέει τὸν πλησίον ἴδμεναι οὐδὲν
Ἀλλ αὐτὸς μοῦνος ποικίλα δήνε ἔχειν
Κεῖνός γ ἄφρων ἐστὶ νόου βεβλαμμένος ἐσθλοῦ
Ἴσως γὰρ πάντες ποικίλ ἐπιστάμεθα

"Who thinks his neighbour nothing knows,
And he alone can see,
Is but a fool, for we perhaps
Know even more than he."


Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,.... Whether it be the way of open profaneness, or self-righteousness, it appears to him to be the right way; it seems to him a very plain one, and he finds it pleasant; and, trusting to carnal sense, corrupt reason, and a false judgment, and having a high opinion of himself and his own knowledge, never asks after the right way, nor takes the advice of others;

but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise; that asks advice and takes it of such who are men of age and experience, men of longer standing, and are wiser than himself; who consults the word of God about the right way of walk, worship, and salvation, and makes the testimonies of God the men of his counsel, which are able to make him wise unto salvation; who hearkens to the counsel of Gospel ministers, and obeys it; and especially to Jesus Christ the wonderful Counsellor, and to the advice he gives, Revelation 3:18; and who not only hears his words, but does them; such an one is a wise man, Matthew 7:24.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. The way … eyes—The fool is self-conceited (compare Pr 12:1; 1:32; 10:17; Jas 3:17).

Proverbs 12:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
14A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him. 15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. 16A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:12
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 16:2
All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Proverbs 21:2
A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.
Treasury of Scripture

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise.

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Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

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

Proverbs 16:2,25 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs …

Proverbs 25:12,16 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise …

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding …

Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is …

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, …

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he …

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Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding …

Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a …

Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who …

Jeremiah 38:15 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, If I declare it to you, will you …

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