Proverbs 15:14
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English Standard Version
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

King James Bible
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

American Standard Version
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of the wise seeketh instruction: and the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

English Revised Version
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

8 The sacrifice of the godless is an abhorrence to Jahve;

   But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

Although the same is true of the prayer of the godless that is here said of their sacrifice, and of the sacrifice of the righteous that is here said of their prayer (vid., Proverbs 28:9, and cf. Psalm 4:6 with Psalm 27:6), yet it is not by accident that here (line first equals Proverbs 21:27) the sacrifice is ascribed to the godless and the prayer to the upright. The sacrifice, as a material and legally-required performance, is much more related to dead works than prayer freely completing itself in the word, the most direct expression of the personality, which, although not commanded by the law, because natural to men, as such is yet the soul of all sacrifices; and the Chokma, like the Psalms and Prophets, in view of the ceremonial service which had become formal and dead in the opus operatum, is to such a degree penetrated by the knowledge of the incongruity of the offering up of animals and of plants, with the object in view, that a proverb like "the sacrifice of the righteous is pleasing to God" never anywhere occurs; and if it did occur without being expressly and unavoidably referred to the legal sacrifice, it would have to be understood rather after Psalm 51:18. than Psalm 51:20f., rather after 1 Samuel 15:22 than after Psalm 66:13-15. זבח, which, when it is distinguished from עולה, means (cf. Proverbs 7:14) the sacrifice only in part coming to the altar, for the most part applied to a sacrificial feast, is here the common name for the bloody, and, per synecdochen, generally the legally-appointed sacrifice, consisting in external offering. The לרצין, Leviticus 1:3, used in the Tra of sacrifices, is here, as at Psalm 19:15, transferred to prayer. The fundamental idea of the proverb is, that sacrifices well-pleasing to God, prayers acceptable to God (that are heard, Proverbs 15:29), depend on the relations in which the heart and life of the man stand to God.

Proverbs 15:14 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

heart

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.

1 Kings 3:6-12 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth...

Psalm 119:97,100 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day...

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

the mouth

Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man conceals knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say...

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation...

Cross References
Proverbs 15:15
All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 18:15
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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