Proverbs 17:21
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English Standard Version
He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.

King James Bible
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

American Standard Version
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool.

English Revised Version
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Proverbs 17:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

15 He that acquitteth the guilty and condemneth the righteous -

     An abomination to Jahve are they both.

The proverb is against the partisan judge who is open to bribery, like Proverbs 24:24, cf. Isaiah 5:23, where, with reference to such, the announcement of punishment is emphatically made. רשׁע and צדּיק, in a forensic sense, are equivalent to sons (reus) and insons. גּם (cf. the Arab. jmy'na, altogether, but particularly the Pers. ham and the Turkish dkhy standing wholly thus in the numeral) is here, as at Genesis 27:45, equivalent to יחדּיו, Jeremiah 46:12 (in its unions equals united). Whoever pronounces sentence of justification on the guilty, appears as if he must be judged more mildly than he who condemns the guiltless, but both the one and the other alike are an abhorrence to God.

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Proverbs 17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him.

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 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Genesis 26:34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite...

1 Samuel 2:32-35 And you shall see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel...

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

2 Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom...

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

2 Corinthians 2:3 And I wrote this same to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice...

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

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 17:25
A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.

Proverbs 19:13
A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.

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