Proverbs 15:14
New International Version
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

New Living Translation
A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.

English Standard Version
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

Berean Study Bible
A discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

New American Standard Bible
The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

King James Bible
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Christian Standard Bible
A discerning mind seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

Contemporary English Version
Anyone with good sense is eager to learn more, but fools are hungry for foolishness.

Good News Translation
Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A discerning mind seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

International Standard Version
A discerning mind seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on stupidity.

NET Bible
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

New Heart English Bible
The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The heart of the righteous seeks knowledge, and the mouth of the evil speaks evil things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mind of a person who has understanding searches for knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on stupidity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The heart of him that hath discernment seeketh knowledge; But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

New American Standard 1977
The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of him that has understanding seeks wisdom, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

King James 2000 Bible
The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

American King James Version
The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

American Standard Version
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
An upright heart seeks discretion; but the mouth of the uninstructed will experience evils.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of the wise seeketh instruction: and the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of an intelligent [man] seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of the foolish feedeth on folly.

English Revised Version
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

World English Bible
The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the intelligent seeketh knowledge, And the mouth of fools enjoyeth folly.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
13A joyful heart makes a cheerful countenance, but sorrow of the heart crushes the spirit. 14A discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. 15All the days of the oppressed are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:15
All the days of the oppressed are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 18:15
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it out.

Treasury of Scripture

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

heart

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

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.

1 Kings 3:6-12
And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day…

the mouth

Proverbs 12:23
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Isaiah 30:10
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Isaiah 44:20
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?







Lexicon
A discerning
נָ֭בוֹן (nā·ḇō·wn)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

heart
לֵ֣ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

seeks
יְבַקֶּשׁ־ (yə·ḇaq·qeš-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

knowledge,
דָּ֑עַת (dā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge

but the mouth
וּפִ֥י (ū·p̄î)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

of a fool
כְ֝סִילִ֗ים (ḵə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

feeds on
יִרְעֶ֥ה (yir·‘eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

folly.
אִוֶּֽלֶת׃ (’iw·we·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 200: Silliness
Verse 14. - The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge (Proverbs 18:15). The wise man knows that he knows nothing, and is always seeking to learn more.

Σοφία γάρ ἐστι καὶ μαθεῖν ο} μὴ νοεῖς

"To learn what thou hast never thought is wisdom." The mouth of fools. Another reading, is "the face of fools;" but the former is more suitable to what follows. Feedeth on foolishness. So the Vulgate and Septuagint, "The mouth of the undisciplined knoweth evil." The fool is always gaping and devouring every silly, or slanderous, or wicked word that comes in his way, and in his turn utters and disseminates it. 15:14. A wise man seeks to gain more wisdom, growing in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. But a carnal mind rests contented, flattering itself. 15. Some are much in affliction, and of a sorrowful spirit. Such are to be pitied, prayed for, and comforted. And others serve God with gladness of heart, and it prompts their obedience, yet they should rejoice with trembling.
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