Proverbs 15:5
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New International Version
A fool spurns a parent's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

New Living Translation
Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.

English Standard Version
A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

New American Standard Bible
A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.

King James Bible
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool despises his father's discipline, but a person who accepts correction is sensible.

International Standard Version
A fool rejects his father's instructions, but anyone who respects reproof acts sensibly.

NET Bible
A fool rejects his father's discipline, but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A fool mocks at the instruction of his father and he that is smart keeps reproof.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A stubborn fool despises his father's discipline, but whoever appreciates a warning shows good sense.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fool despises his father's chastening, but he that regards reproof shall become prudent.

King James 2000 Bible
A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof is prudent.

American King James Version
A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof is prudent.

American Standard Version
A fool despiseth his father's correction; But he that regardeth reproof getteth prudence.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there is the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted out.

Darby Bible Translation
A fool despiseth his father's instruction; but he that regardeth reproof becometh prudent.

English Revised Version
A fool despiseth his father's correction: but he that regardeth reproof getteth prudence.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

World English Bible
A fool despises his father's correction, but he who heeds reproof shows prudence.

Young's Literal Translation
A fool despiseth the instruction of his father, And whoso is regarding reproof is prudent.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:3. Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under God's eye. This speaks comfort to saints, and terror to sinners. 4. A good tongue is healing to wounded consciences, by comforting them; to sin-sick souls, by convincing them; and it reconciles parties at variance. 5. If instruction is despised, reprove men rather than suffer them to go on undisturbed in the way to ruin. 6. The wealth of worldly men increases their fears and suspicions, adds strength to their passions, and renders the fear of death more distressing. 7. We use knowledge aright when we disperse it; but the heart of the foolish has nothing to disperse that is good. 8,9. The wicked put other things in the stead of Christ's atonement, or in the place of holy obedience. Praying graces are his gift, and the work of his Spirit, with which he is well pleased. 10. He that hates reproof shall perish in his sins, since he would not be parted from them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - A fool despiseth his father's instruction (Proverbs 10:1): but he that regardeth reproof is prudent (Proverbs 19:25). The son who attends to his father's reproof dealeth prudently, or becomes wiser. Astutior fiet, Vulgate; πανουργότερος, Septuagint. The Vulgate has here a distich which is not in the Hebrew, but a similar paragraph is found in the Septuagint. Thus Vulgate, "In the abundance of righteousness virtue is greatest; but the imaginations of the wicked shall be rooted up;" Septuagint, "In the abundance of righteousness is much strength; but the impious shall be destroyed from the very root." The addition seems to have been an explanation of the following verse, which has been foisted into the text here.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A fool despiseth his father's instruction,.... They are fools that despise any instruction that is wise, good, and profitable; and especially a father's instruction, whose love, tender affection, and care, will not suffer him, knowingly, to give any but what is good and wholesome: wherefore to despise it is not only a contempt of his authority, but a slight of his love; which are both very aggravating, and sufficiently demonstrate his folly; and of which he may be himself convinced when it is too late, and say, "how have I hated instruction and despised reproof?" Proverbs 5:12. He is a fool that despises the instruction of anyone superior to him in years and experience; of ministers of the word; and especially of our Father which is in heaven, declared in the sacred Scriptures, which are written for instruction in righteousness;

but he that regardeth reproof is prudent; the reproof of a father, whose corrections are to be submitted to, and received with reverence; and especially of the Father of spirits, whose rebukes are in love, and for profit and advantage; yea, he is a wise man that regards the reproof of the word of God, and the ministers of it; and indeed of any Christian, whether his superior, equal, or inferior, as David did, Psalm 141:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. (Compare Pr 4:1; 10:17; 13:1-18).

is prudent—acts discreetly.

Proverbs 15:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
4A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit. 5A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible. 6Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:18
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.

Proverbs 15:4
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:6
The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

Proverbs 15:32
Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
Treasury of Scripture

A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof is prudent.

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Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish …

Proverbs 13:1,18 A wise son hears his father's instruction: but a scorner hears not rebuke…

1 Samuel 2:23-25 And he said to them, Why do you such things? for I hear of your evil …

2 Samuel 15:1-6 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots …

1 Chronicles 22:11-13 Now, my son, the LORD be with you; and prosper you, and build the …

1 Chronicles 28:9,20 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

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Proverbs 15:31,32 The ear that hears the reproof of life stays among the wise…

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

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs …

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 …

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove …

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Why rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound …

Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let …

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