Proverbs 15:32
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New International Version
Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

New Living Translation
If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

English Standard Version
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

New American Standard Bible
He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

King James Bible
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Anyone who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever listens to correction acquires good sense.

International Standard Version
Whoever ignores instruction hates himself, but anyone who heeds reproof gains understanding.

NET Bible
The one who refuses correction despises himself, but whoever hears reproof acquires understanding.

New Heart English Bible
He who refuses correction despises his own soul, but he who listens to reproof gets understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The one that detests discipline hates his soul and the one that hears correction possesses wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever ignores discipline despises himself, but the person who listens to warning gains understanding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul; But he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.

New American Standard 1977
He who neglects discipline despises himself,
            But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that refuses chastening despises his own soul, but he that hears reproof has an understanding heart.

King James 2000 Bible
He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears reproof gets understanding.

American King James Version
He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears reproof gets understanding.

American Standard Version
He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul; But he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that rejecteth instruction, despiseth his own soul: but he that yieldeth to reproof possesseth understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul; but he that heareth reproof getteth sense.

English Revised Version
He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul: but he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

World English Bible
He who refuses correction despises his own soul, but he who listens to reproof gets understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is refusing instruction is despising his soul, And whoso is hearing reproof Is getting understanding.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
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. 33The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 8:33
"Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.

Proverbs 8:36
"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.

Proverbs 15:31
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

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.

Isaiah 3:9
The expression of their faces bears witness against them, And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.
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He that refuses instruction despises his own soul: but he that hears reproof gets understanding.

refuseth

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Proverbs 5:11,12 And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed…

Proverbs 8:33-36 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not…

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

instruction or correction

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Isaiah 1:5 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: …

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but …

Ezekiel 24:13,14 In your filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged you, and you …

heareth

Proverbs 5:13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear …

Deuteronomy 21:18,20 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey …

Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

James 1:22 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

getteth understanding

Proverbs 15:14,21 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the …

Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing …

Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise …

Verse 32. - This verse carries on and puts the climax to the lesson of the preceding. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul; "hateth himself," Septuagint; commits moral suicide, because he does not follow the path of life. He is like a sick man who thrusts away (ἀπωθεῖται, Septuagint) the wholesome medicine which is his only hope of cure. He that heareth (listeneth to) reproof getteth understanding; literally, possesseth a heart, and therefore does not despise his soul, but "loves it" (Proverbs 19:8), as the LXX. renders. He that refuseth instruction,.... The instruction of parents, masters, ministers, and of God himself; or "correction" (y), instruction either by the word or by the rod; he that withdraws himself from it, will not be in the way of it, that shuns, neglects, and despises it, or carelessly and contemptuously attends it:

despiseth his own soul; shows that he makes no account of it, has no regard for it or care about it, when it is so precious a jewel, and the loss of it irreparable; not that a man can strictly and properly despise his soul, but comparatively, having a greater regard for his body, and especially for his carnal lusts and pleasures, than for that; or as a man diseased and refuses proper medicines may be said to despise his health;

but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding; or "a heart" (z); he gets understanding by listening to reproof, and behaving according to it; he better understands himself and his case, what he should shun and avoid, what he should receive, embrace, and do; instead of losing his soul, as the man that refuses correction does, he finds the life of it, and possesses it, and with it a large share of experience and spiritual wisdom.

(y) "correctionem", Pagninus, Vatablus; "qui abstrahit se a castigatione", Piscator. (z) "cor", Pagninus, Piscator, Schultens, Michaelis. 32. refuseth—or, "neglects," "passes by" (Pr 1:25; 4:15).

despiseth … soul—so acts as if esteeming its interests of no value.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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