Proverbs 15:20
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English Standard Version
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

King James Bible
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

American Standard Version
A wise son maketh a glad father; But a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise son maketh a father joyful: but the foolish man despiseth his mother.

English Revised Version
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Proverbs 15:20 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

14 The heart of the understanding seeketh after knowledge,

     And the mouth of fools practiseth folly.

Luther interprets רעה as metaphor. for to govern, but with such ethical conceptions it is metaphor. for to be urgently circumspect about anything (vid., Proverbs 13:20), like Arab. ra'y and r'âyt, intentional, careful, concern about anything. No right translation can be made of the Chethib פני, which Schultens, Hitzig, Ewald, and Zckler prefer; the predicate can go before the פּני, after the Semitic rule in the fem. of the sing., 2 Samuel 10:9, cf. Job 16:16, Chethib, but cannot follow in the masc. of the sing.; besides, the operations of his look and aspect are ascribed to his face, but not spiritual functions as here, much more to the mouth, i.e., to the spirit speaking through it. The heart is within a man, and the mouth without; and while the former gives and takes, the latter is always only giving out. In Proverbs 18:15, where a synonymous distich is formed from the antithetic distich, the ear, as hearing, is mentioned along with the heart as appropriating. נבון is not an adj., but is gen., like צדיק, 28a (opp. ופי). חכם, Proverbs 16:23. The φιλοσοφία of the understanding is placed over against the μωρολογία of the fools. The lxx translates καρδία ὀρθὴ ζητεῖ αἲσθησιν (cf. Proverbs 14:10, καρδία ἀδρὸς αἰσθητική); it uses this word after the Hellenistic usus loq. for דעת, of experimental knowledge.

Proverbs 15:20 Parallel Commentaries

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wise

Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Proverbs 23:15,16 My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine...

Proverbs 29:3 Whoever loves wisdom rejoices his father: but he that keeps company with harlots spends his substance.

1 Kings 1:48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which has given one to sit on my throne this day...

1 Kings 2:9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for you are a wise man, and know what you ought to do to him...

1 Kings 5:7 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this day...

Philippians 2:22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.

despiseth

Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father that begat you, and despise not your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocks at his father, and despises to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out...

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Leviticus 19:3 You shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

Cross References
Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Proverbs 13:1
A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 15:19
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

Proverbs 23:22
Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:24
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Proverbs 29:3
He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

Proverbs 30:17
The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

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