Proverbs 17:24
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New International Version
A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

New Living Translation
Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

English Standard Version
The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

King James Bible
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool's eyes roam to the ends of the earth.

International Standard Version
A person with understanding has wisdom as his objective, but a fool looks only to earthly goals.

NET Bible
Wisdom is directly in front of the discerning person, but the eyes of a fool run to the ends of the earth.

New Heart English Bible
Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The face of an intelligent one observes wisdom, and the eyes of a fool are in the depths of the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wisdom is directly in front of an understanding person, but the eyes of a fool [are looking around]all over the world.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

New American Standard 1977
Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding,
            But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wisdom appears upon the countenance of him that has understanding, but the eyes of a fool manifest his folly unto the ends of the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

American King James Version
Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

American Standard Version
Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

English Revised Version
Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding: but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

World English Bible
Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
The face of the intelligent is to wisdom, And the eyes of a fool -- at the end of the earth.
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
23A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice. 24Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:14
The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.

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

Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

before

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to …

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

Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: …

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

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Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: …

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust …

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