Proverbs 22:15
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New International Version
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

New Living Translation
A youngster's heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.

English Standard Version
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

New American Standard Bible
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

King James Bible
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a youth; the rod of discipline will drive it away from him.

International Standard Version
A child's heart has a tendency to do wrong, but the rod of discipline removes it far away from him.

NET Bible
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Senselessness disturbs the heart of a boy and a rod of discipline puts it far from him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Foolishness is firmly attached to a child's heart. Spanking will remove it far from him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

King James 2000 Bible
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

American King James Version
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

American Standard Version
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, and the rod of correction shall drive it away.

Darby Bible Translation
Folly is bound in the heart of a child; the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

English Revised Version
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

World English Bible
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Young's Literal Translation
Folly is bound up in the heart of a youth, The rod of chastisement putteth it far from him.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. Foolishness (ivveleth) here implies the love of mischief, the waywardness and self-will, belonging to children, bound up in their very nature. Septuagint, "Folly is attached (ἐξῆπται) to the heart of the young," in which version Cornelius a Lapide sees an allusion to the ornament hung by fond parents round the neck of a child whom they were inclined to spoil rather than to train in self-denying ways. To such a child folly adheres as closely as the bulla with which he is decorated. But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Judicious education overcomes this natural tendency, by punishing it when exhibited, and imparting wisdom and piety (see on Proverbs 13:24 and Proverbs 19:18; and comp. Proverbs 23:13; Proverbs 29:15; Ecclus. 30:1, etc). The LXX. pursue their notion of the the indulgent parents letting the child have his own way, for they render the last clause, "But the rod and discipline are far from him."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child,.... That is, sin, the greatest of all folly; this is naturally in the heart of man; it is in the heart of a child, it is in him from his infancy; it is bound in his heart, it is rooted and riveted in him, being conceived in sin, and shapen in iniquity; it is what cleaves close to him, and he has a strong affection for and desire after: the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth, Genesis 8:21; so that he is not easily brought off of sin, or becomes wise;

but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him; the rod used by parents, for the correction of sin and folly, is a means of making children wise, and of restraining the folly that is bound up in them; and of reclaiming them from those sinful ways, which the folly of their hearts leads them to, and so in some measure of driving it far from them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. is bound—or firmly fixed. Chastisement deters from crime and so leads to reformation of principle.

Proverbs 22:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
14The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it. 15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. 16He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Proverbs 20:30
Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

Proverbs 23:14
Punish them with the rod and save them from death.

Proverbs 29:15
A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
Treasury of Scripture

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

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Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born …

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the …

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Proverbs 13:24 He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens …

Proverbs 19:18 Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul spare …

Proverbs 23:13,14 Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with …

Proverbs 29:15,17 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings …

Hebrews 12:10,11 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

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