Proverbs 15:31
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New International Version
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.

New Living Translation
If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.

English Standard Version
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

New American Standard Bible
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.

King James Bible
The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One who listens to life-giving rebukes will be at home among the wise.

International Standard Version
Whoever listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.

NET Bible
The person who hears the reproof that leads to life is at home among the wise.

New Heart English Bible
The ear that listens to reproof lives, and will be at home among the wise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The ear that hears the reproof of life will lodge among the wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ear that listens to a life-giving warning will be at home among wise people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

New American Standard 1977
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
            Will dwell among the wise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The ear that hears the reproof of life shall abide among the wise.

King James 2000 Bible
The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.

American King James Version
The ear that hears the reproof of life stays among the wise.

American Standard Version
The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life Shall abide among the wise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ear that heareth the reproofs of life, shall abide in the midst of the wise.

Darby Bible Translation
The ear that heareth the reproof of life shall abide among the wise.

English Revised Version
The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life shall abide among the wise.

Webster's Bible Translation
The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

World English Bible
The ear that listens to reproof lives, and will be at home among the wise.

Young's Literal Translation
An ear that is hearing the reproof of life Doth lodge among the wise.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
30Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones. 31He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise. 32He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:20
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 15:30
Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.

Proverbs 15:32
He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

Proverbs 18:15
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 25:12
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Ecclesiastes 7:5
It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.
Treasury of Scripture

The ear that hears the reproof of life stays among the wise.

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Proverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof …

Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit to you, …

Proverbs 9:8,9 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he …

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools …

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

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

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; …

abideth

John 15:3,4 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you…

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

(31) The ear that heareth the reproof of life--i.e., one which does not refuse reproof, or instruction, which leads to life. (Comp. Proverbs 6:23.) The "ear" is put for the person, as in Job 29:11.

Verse 31. - The ear that heareth (hearkeneth to) the reproof of life abideth among the wise (Proverbs 6:23). The reproof, or instruction, of life is that which teaches the true way of pleasing God, which is indeed the only life worth living. The ear, by synecdoche, is put for the person. One who attends to and profits by such admonition may be reckoned among the wise, and rejoices to be conversant with them. Wordsworth finds a more recondite sense here: the ear of the wise dwells, lodges, passes the night (Proverbs 19:23) in their heart, whereas the heart of fools is in their mouth (Proverbs 14:33). This verse is omitted in the Septuagint, though it is found in the other Greek versions and the Latin Vulgate. The ear that heareth the reproof of life,.... That is given according to the word of life, in a warm, fervent, and lively manner, with zeal, and in good earnest; which reproves the life of another by his own, as well as by words; and which tends to the spiritual and eternal life of the person reproved; being taken, a man that diligently hearkens to, kindly and cordially receives, and cheerfully obeys such reproof given him,

abideth among the wise; he not only chooseth to be among them, that he may have the advantage of their wise counsels and reproofs, but he becomes wise himself thereby, and attains to the character of a wise man, and is numbered among them; such a man abides in the house of wisdom, the church of God, and attends upon and has conversation with the wise dispensers of the word, and shall have a part with them in the church above, in the kingdom of heaven, where the wise will shine as the firmament; the word here used does not denote a lodging for a night, as it sometimes signifies, but a perpetual abiding. 31, 32. (Compare Pr 10:17).

reproof of life—which leads to life.

abideth … wise—is numbered among them.15:29. God sets himself at a distance from those who set him at defiance. 30. How delightful to the humbled soul to hear the good report of salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ! 31. Faithful, friendly reproofs help spiritual life, and lead to eternal life. 32. Sinners undervalue their own souls; therefore they prefer the body before the soul, and wrong the soul to please the body. 33. The fear of the Lord will dispose us to search the Scriptures with reverence; and it will cause us to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit. While we humbly place all our dependence on the grace of God, we are exalted in the righteousness of Christ.
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