Proverbs 17:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

New Living Translation
It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

English Standard Version
He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.

New American Standard Bible
He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.

King James Bible
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.

International Standard Version
The man who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow— the father of a fool has no joy.

NET Bible
Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that begets a fool, it is to his own shame, neither will his father rejoice in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The parent of a fool has grief, and the father of a godless fool has no joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; And the father of a churl hath no joy.

New American Standard 1977
He who begets a fool does so to his sorrow,
            And the father of a fool has no joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of a fool shall have no joy.

King James 2000 Bible
He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.

American King James Version
He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.

American Standard Version
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow, and the father of a vile [man] hath no joy.

English Revised Version
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

World English Bible
He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is begetting a fool hath affliction for it, Yea, the father of a fool rejoiceth not.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:19. If we would keep a clear conscience and a quiet mind, we must shun all excitements to anger. And a man who affects a style of living above his means, goes the way to ruin. 20. There is nothing got by ill designs. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. 21. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. 22. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. 23. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 24. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. 25. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. 26. It is very wrong to find fault for doing what is duty. 27,28. A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
20He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil. 21He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy. 22A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

Proverbs 17:25
A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.

Proverbs 19:13
A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
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He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.

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Proverbs 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him.

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

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions …

Genesis 26:34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter …

1 Samuel 2:32-35 And you shall see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which …

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, …

2 Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the …

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Proverbs 23:15,16 My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine…

2 Corinthians 2:3 And I wrote this same to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow …

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

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