Proverbs 18:2
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English Standard Version
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

King James Bible
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

American Standard Version
A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are in his heart.

English Revised Version
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may reveal itself.

Proverbs 18:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

24 The understanding has his attention toward wisdom;

     But the eyes of a fool are on the end of the earth.

Many interpreters explain, as Euchel:

"The understanding finds wisdom everywhere;

The eyes of the fool seek it at the end of the world."

Ewald refers to Deuteronomy 30:11-14 as an unfolding of the same thought. But although it may be said of the fool (vid., on the contrary, Proverbs 15:14) that he seeks wisdom, only not at the right place, as at Proverbs 14:6, of the mocker that he seeks wisdom but in vain, yet here the order of the words, as well as the expression, lead us to another thought: before the eyes of the understanding את־פּניע, as Genesis 33:18; 1 Samuel 2:11, and frequently in the phrase 'את־פני ה, e.g., 1 Samuel 1:22) wisdom lies as his aim, his object, the end after which he strives; on the contrary, the eyes of the fool, without keeping that one necessary thing in view, wander in alia omnia, and roam about what is far off, without having any fixed object. The fool is everywhere with his thoughts, except where he ought to be. Leaving out of view that which lies nearest, he loses himself in aliena. The understanding has an ever present theme of wisdom, which arrests his attention, and on which he concentrates himself; but the fool flutters about fantastically from one thing to another, and that which is to him precisely of least importance interests him the most.

Proverbs 18:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

fool

Proverbs 1:7,22 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction...

Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?

Psalm 1:1,2 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners...

Matthew 8:34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they sought him that he would depart out of their coasts.

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.

but

Numbers 24:15,16 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said...

1 Corinthians 14:12 Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.

Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

2 Peter 2:15-19 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor...

Cross References
Proverbs 12:23
A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Proverbs 13:16
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

Proverbs 18:3
When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.

Ecclesiastes 10:3
Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.

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