Proverbs 12:15
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English Standard Version
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

King James Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

American Standard Version
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsels.

English Revised Version
The way of the foolish is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth to counsel is wise.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

9 Better is he who is lowly and has a servant,

   Than he that makes himself mighty and is without bread.

This proverb, like Proverbs 15:17, commends the middle rank of life with its quiet excellences. נקלה (like 1 Samuel 18:23), from קלה, cognate with קלל, Syr. 'kly, to despise, properly levi pendere, levem habere (whence קלון, scorn, disgrace), here of a man who lives in a humble position and does not seek to raise himself up. Many of the ancients (lxx, Symmachus, Jerome, Syr., Rashi, Luther, Schultens) explain ועבד לו by, and is a servant to himself, serves himself; but in that case the words would have been עבד לנפשׁו (Syr. דּמשׁמּשׁ נפשׁהּ), or rather ועבדּו הוּא. ועבד לו would be more appropriate, as thus pointed by Ziegler, Ewald, and Hitzig. But if one adheres to the traditional reading, and interprets this, as it must be interpreted: et cui servus (Targ., Graec. Venet.), then that supplies a better contrast to וחסר־לחם, for "the first necessity of an oriental in only moderate circumstances is a slave, just as was the case with the Greeks and Romans" (Fl.). A man of lowly rank, who is, however, not so poor that he cannot support a slave, is better than one who boasts himself and is yet a beggar (2 Samuel 3:29). The Hithpa. often expresses a striving to be, or to wish to appear to be, what the adj. corresponding to the verb states, e.g., התגּדּל, התעשּׁר; like the Greek middles, εζεσθαι, αζεσθαι, cf. התחכּם and σοφίζεσθαι. So here, where with Fleischer we have translated: who makes himself mighty, for כבד, gravem esse, is etymologically also the contrast of קלה. The proverb, Sirach 10:26: κρείσσων ἐργαζόμενος καὶ περισσεύων ἐν πᾶσιν, ἢ δοξαζόμενος καὶ ἀπορῶν ἄρτων (according to the text of Fritzsche), is a half remodelling, half translation of this before us.

Proverbs 12:15 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Proverbs 16:2,25 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the spirits...

Proverbs 25:12,16 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover on an obedient ear...

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding searches him out.

Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortionists, unjust, adulterers...

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

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Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:

Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

Jeremiah 38:15 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, If I declare it to you, will you not surely put me to death? and if I give you counsel...

Cross References
Proverbs 14:12
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 16:2
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.

Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 21:2
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.

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