Proverbs 15:20
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New American Standard Bible
A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.

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

Darby Bible Translation
A wise son maketh a glad father; but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

World English Bible
A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Young's Literal Translation
A wise son rejoiceth a father. And a foolish man is despising his mother.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

To "despise" a mother is to cause her the deepest grief, and is therefore not unfitly contrasted with "making a glad father."

Proverbs 15:20 Parallel Commentaries

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God, the All-Seeing One
We have in our text, first of all, a great fact declared,--"Hell and destruction are before the Lord ;" we have, secondly, a great fact inferred,--"How much more then the hearts of the children of men?" I. We will begin with THE GREAT FACT WHICH IS DECLARED--a fact which furnishes us with premises from which we deduce the practical conclusion of the second sentence--"How much more then the hearts of the children of men?" The best interpretation that you can give of those two words, "hell" and "destruction,"
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

Epistle cxxii. To Rechared, King of the visigoths .
To Rechared, King of the Visigoths [82] . Gregory to Rechared, &c. I cannot express in words, most excellent son, how much I am delighted with thy work and thy life. For on hearing of the power of a new miracle in our days, to wit that the whole nation of the Goths has through thy Excellency been brought over from the error of Arian heresy to the firmness of a right faith, one is disposed to exclaim with the prophet, This is the change wrought by the right hand of the Most High (Ps. lxxvi. 11 [83]
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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

Proverbs 13:1
A wise son accepts his father's discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 15:19
The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.

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

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

Proverbs 29:3
A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.

Proverbs 30:17
The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.

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