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.

New Living Translation
Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.

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

New American Standard Bible
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, but a man with understanding walks a straight path.

International Standard Version
Stupidity is the delight of the senseless, but an understanding man walks uprightly.

NET Bible
Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, but one who has understanding follows an upright course.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A foolish man is lacking heart and an understanding man walks justly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stupidity is fun to the one without much sense, but a person who has understanding forges straight ahead.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Folly is joy to him that lacketh understanding; But a man of discernment walketh straightforwards.

New American Standard 1977
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense,
            But a man of understanding walks straight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of understanding, but the man who is intelligent walks uprightly.

King James 2000 Bible
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

American King James Version
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks 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.

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

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.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
15:16,17. Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked. 18. He that is slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. 19. Those who have no heart to their work, pretend that they cannot do their work without hardship and danger. And thus many live always in doubt about their state, because always in neglect of some duty. 20. Those who treat an aged mother or a father with contempt or neglect, show their own folly. 21. Such as are truly wise, study that their thoughts, words, and actions should be regular, sincere, and holy. 22. If men will not take time and pains to deliberate, they are not likely to bring any thing to pass. 23. Wisdom is needed to suit our discourse to the occasions. 24. A good man sets his affections on things above; his way leads directly thither.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
20A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother. 21Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight. 22Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:15
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

Proverbs 10:23
Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.

Proverbs 15:22
Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.
Treasury of Scripture

Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

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 …

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; …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

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 …

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