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

King James Bible
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

American Standard Version
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction.

English Revised Version
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Proverbs 18:15 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

9 He also who showeth himself slothful in his business,

   Is a brother to him who proceedeth to destroy.

The Hithpa. התרפּה signifies here, as at Proverbs 24:10, to show oneself slack, lazy, negligent. מלאכה is properly a commission for another, as a king has a messenger, ambassador, commissioner to execute it; here, any business, whether an undertaking in commission from another, or a matter one engages in for himself. He who shows himself slack therein, produces in his way, viz., by negligence, destruction, as truly as the בּעל משׁחית, who does it directly by his conduct. Thus one is named, who is called, or who has his own delight in it, to destroy or overthrow. Jerome, incorrectly limiting: sua opera dissipantis. Hitzig well compares Matthew 12:30. In the variation, Proverbs 28:24, the destroyer is called אישׁ משׁחית, the connection of the words being adject.; on the contrary, the connection of בעל משׁחית is genit. (cf. Proverbs 22:24; Proverbs 23:2, etc.), for משׁחית as frequently means that which destroys equals destruction. Von Hofmann (Schriftbew. ii. 2, 403) understands 'אישׁ מ of the street robber, 'בעל מ of the captain of robbers; but the designation for the latter must be 'שׂר מ, though at 1 Kings 11:24 he is called by the name שׂר גּדוּד. The form of the word in the proverb here is more original than at 38:24. There חבר [companion] is used, here אח [brother], a general Semitic name of him who, or of that which, is in any way related to another, cf. Job 30:29. Fleischer compares the Arab. proverb: âlshbht âkht alkhṭyât, scepticism is the sister of sin.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Proverbs 4:5,7 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth...

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 10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Proverbs 15:14,22,23 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness...

1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad...

Psalm 119:97-104 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day...

Luke 8:8-10 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bore fruit an hundred times. And when he had said these things, he cried...

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

Cross References
Ephesians 1:17
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

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

Proverbs 15:31
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 23:23
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

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