Proverbs 18:15
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

New Living Translation
Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.

English Standard Version
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

New American Standard Bible
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

King James Bible
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.

International Standard Version
The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.

NET Bible
The discerning person acquires knowledge, and the wise person seeks knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An ordered heart possesses wisdom, and the ear of the wise listens to knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mind of a person who has understanding acquires knowledge. The ears of wise people seek knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of the man of understanding acquires wisdom, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

King James 2000 Bible
The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

American King James Version
The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

American Standard Version
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of an intelligent [man] getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

English Revised Version
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

World English Bible
The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the intelligent getteth knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - The first clause is similar to Proverbs 15:14; the second gives a kind of explanation of the former - the understanding of the wise man is always expanding and increasing its stores, because his ear is open to instruction, and his ability grows by wholesome exercise (comp. Proverbs 1:5). Daath, "knowledge," which is used in both clauses, the LXX. translates by two words, αἴσθησιν and ἔννοιαν.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge,.... More knowledge; for he must have some, and a considerable share, to be denominated "prudent", whether in things natural, civil, or spiritual: and such will be heartily desirous of more, and make use of all means to attain it, by which they do come at a large share of it;

and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge; a wise man seeks to get it by hearing; he listens to what others say, and especially such that are wiser and more knowing than himself: so such as are wise to salvation, as they desire to know more of Christ and of divine things, and make use of all means for that purpose; among the rest, hearken to what Christians, of a superior class to themselves, drop in private conversation; and particularly they constantly attend to the ministry of the word; and thus seeking it, they find an increase of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. (Compare Pr 1:5, 15, 31).

Proverbs 18:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
14The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it? 15The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.…
Cross References
Ephesians 1:17
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Proverbs 15:14
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

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

Proverbs 23:23
Buy the truth and do not sell it-- wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
Treasury of Scripture

The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding …

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Proverbs 10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Proverbs 15:14,22,23 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the …

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