Proverbs 17:24
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English Standard Version
The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

King James Bible
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

American Standard Version
Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding; But the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth.

English Revised Version
Wisdom is before the face of him that hath understanding: but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 17:24 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

18 A man void of understanding is he who striketh hands,

     Who becometh surety with his neighbour.

Cf. Proverbs 6:1-5, where the warning against suretyship is given at large, and the reasons for it are adduced. It is incorrect to translate (Gesen., Hitzig, and others) לפני רעהוּ, with the lxx, Jerome, the Syr., Targ., and Luther, "for his neighbour;" to become surety for any one is ערב ל, Proverbs 6:1, or, with the object. accus. Proverbs 11:15, another suitable prep. is בּעד; but לפני never means pro (ὑπέρ), for at 1 Samuel 1:16 it means "to the person," and 2 Samuel 3:31, "before Abner's corpse (bier)." רעהוּ is thus here the person with whom the suretyship is entered into; he can be called the רע of him who gives bail, so much the more as the reception of the bail supposes that both are well known to each other. Here also Fleischer rightly translates: apud alterum (sc. creditorem pro debitore).

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before

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to him that understands.

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom makes his face to shine...

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

the eyes

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:14
The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the same event happens to all of them.

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

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