Proverbs 18:2
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New International Version
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.

New Living Translation
Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

English Standard Version
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

New American Standard Bible
A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

King James Bible
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.

International Standard Version
A fool finds no satisfaction in trying to understand, for he would rather express his own opinion.

NET Bible
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in disclosing what is on his mind.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A fool does not delight in wisdom because his heart meditates upon madness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fool does not find joy in understanding but only in expressing his own opinion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A fool has no delight in understanding, but in that which his own heart discovers.

King James 2000 Bible
A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may express itself.

American King James Version
A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

American Standard Version
A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are in his heart.

Darby Bible Translation
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

English Revised Version
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may reveal itself.

World English Bible
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.

Young's Literal Translation
A fool delighteth not in understanding, But -- in uncovering his heart.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1 If we would get knowledge and grace, we must try all methods of improving ourselves. 2. Those make nothing to purpose, of learning or religion, whose only design is to have something to make a show with. 3. As soon as sin entered, shame followed.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - A fool hath no delight in understanding. This may mean that he takes no pleasure in the wisdom of others, is self-opinionated; or, it may be, does not care for understanding in itself, apart from the use which he can make of it. Vulgate, "The fool receives not the words of wisdom;" Septuagint, "A man of no sense has no need of wisdom." To try to teach a fool is to cast pearls before swine, and to give that which is holy unto dogs. But that his heart may discover itself; i.e. his only delight is in revealing his heart, displaying his un-wisdom and his foolish thoughts, as in Proverbs 12:28; Proverbs 13:16; Proverbs 15:2. He thinks that thus he is showing himself superior to others, and benefiting the world at large. The LXX. gives the reason, "For rather by folly he is led."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A fool hath no delight in understanding,.... In natural understanding, and in the improvement of his mind in it; he delights not in books, nor in the conversation of men of learning and sense: or in spiritual understanding, in the understanding of spiritual things; these are foolishness to a natural man; nor does he delight in reading the Scriptures, nor in hearing the word, and attendance on it in the house of God, but is weary of such exercises;

but that his heart may discover itself; and the folly that is in it: such men only desire to have some knowledge and understanding, to make a show of it, that they may be thought to be wise, and to be capable of talking of things as if they understood them, when it is only to the exposing of themselves and their ignorance; some persons attain to no more learning and knowledge than just to be capable to show that they are fools. Or, "but in the discovery of his heart" (k); he delights in discovering that; not the wisdom, but the folly that is in it.

(k) "sed in patefacere cor ejus", Vatablus; "sed in detectione cordis sui", Piscator; "sed sane ut enudet cor suum", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. that his heart … itself—that is, takes pleasure in revealing his folly (Pr 12:23; 15:2).

Proverbs 18:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
1He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. 2A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind. 3When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:23
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 13:16
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

Proverbs 18:3
When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.

Ecclesiastes 10:3
Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.
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