Proverbs 13:15
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New International Version
Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.

New Living Translation
A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person is headed for destruction.

English Standard Version
Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.

New American Standard Bible
Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard.

King James Bible
Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous never changes.

International Standard Version
Good understanding produces grace, but the lifestyle of the treacherous never changes.

NET Bible
Keen insight wins favor, but the conduct of the unfaithful is harsh.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Good understanding gives compassion, and the way of the evil is unto destruction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Good sense brings favor, but the way of treacherous people is always the same.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Good understanding brings forth grace: but the way of transgressors is hard.

King James 2000 Bible
Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

American King James Version
Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

American Standard Version
Good understanding giveth favor; But the way of the transgressor is hard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Good instruction shall give grace: in the way of scorners is a deep pit.

Darby Bible Translation
Good understanding procureth favour; but the way of the treacherous is hard.

English Revised Version
Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of the treacherous is rugged.

Webster's Bible Translation
Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

World English Bible
Good understanding wins favor; but the way of the unfaithful is hard.

Young's Literal Translation
Good understanding giveth grace, And the way of the treacherous is hard.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:14. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. 15. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. 16. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. 17. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. 18. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. 19. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. 20. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. 21. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. 22. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. 23. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. 24. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. 25. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Good understanding giveth favour (Proverbs 3:4); makes one acceptable to God and man. We are told of Christ that "he increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man" (Luke 2:52). As a good and wise man uses his gifts and graces properly, he wins higher favour from God, and kindles the love and respect of his fellow men. Alter this clause the Septuagint introduces that which occurs also in Proverbs 9:10, "It belongs to a good understanding (διανοίας) to know the Law." The way of transgressors is hard; rough and rugged, leading to desolation, not to waters of comfort. Ecclus. 21:10, "The way of sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of hell." Vulgate, "In the way of scorners is an abyss;" Septuagint, "The ways of scorners end in destruction."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Good understanding giveth favour,.... A good understanding in things natural and civil gives favour among men; and so a good understanding in divine and spiritual things gives a man favour among religious people, makes him taken notice of by them, and acceptable to them: and such an understanding no man has, unless it be given him; and such appear to have one that do the commandments of God, Psalm 111:10. The Israelites, for having and keeping the statutes of the Lord, were accounted by others a wise and an understanding people; and Christ, as man, when he increased in wisdom, grew in favour with God and men. It may be rendered, "good doctrine", as the Vulgate Latin version, or "right doctrine", as the Arabic version, "gives grace" (o); is the means of conveying grace into the hearts of men, and of increasing it. What if it should be rendered, "grace gives a good understanding" (p)? since it is certain, that an understanding to know God and Christ is a gift of grace, 1 John 5:20;

but the way of transgressors is hard; ungrateful and unpleasant to themselves and others; it is a rough and rugged way, in which they stumble and fall; and cannot walk with pleasure themselves, when their consciences are awakened, and they are loaded with guilt, and filled with terror; and must be very disagreeable to those who have seen the evil of them.

(o) "gratiam", Pagninus, Montanus. Vatablus. Mercerus. Drusius, Michaelis, Schultens. (p) "Successum bonum dat gratia", Junius & Tremellius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. Right perception and action secure good will, while evil ways are difficult as a stony road. The wicked left of God find punishment of sin in sinning.

hard—or, "harsh" (compare Hebrew: De 21:4; Jer 5:15).

Proverbs 13:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death. 15Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard. 16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.…
Cross References
Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Proverbs 3:4
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Treasury of Scripture

Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

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Proverbs 3:4 So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 14:35 The king's favor is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against …

1 Samuel 18:14-16 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him…

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Acts 7:10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor …

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Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Proverbs 15:10 Correction is grievous to him that forsakes the way: and he that …

Psalm 95:9-11 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work…

Jeremiah 2:19 Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backslidings shall …

Romans 6:21 What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? …

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