Proverbs 15:21
New International Version
Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

New Living Translation
Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.

English Standard Version
Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

Berean Study Bible
Folly is joy to one who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding walks a straight path.

New American Standard Bible
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.

King James Bible
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

Christian Standard Bible
Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, but a person with understanding walks a straight path.

Contemporary English Version
Stupidity brings happiness to senseless fools, but everyone with good sense follows the straight path.

Good News Translation
Stupid people are happy with their foolishness, but the wise will do what is right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, but a man with understanding walks a straight path.

International Standard Version
Stupidity is the delight of the senseless, but an understanding man walks uprightly.

NET Bible
Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, but one who has understanding follows an upright course.

New Heart English Bible
Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding keeps his way straight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A foolish man is lacking heart and an understanding man walks justly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stupidity is fun to the one without much sense, but a person who has understanding forges straight ahead.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Folly is joy to him that lacketh understanding; But a man of discernment walketh straightforwards.

New American Standard 1977
Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of understanding, but the man who is intelligent walks uprightly.

King James 2000 Bible
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

American King James Version
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

American Standard Version
Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding maketh straight his going.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ways of a foolish man are void of sense; but a wise man proceeds on his way aright.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise man maketh straight his steps.

Darby Bible Translation
Folly is joy to him that is void of sense; but a man of understanding regulateth his walk.

English Revised Version
Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom: but a man of understanding maketh straight his going.

Webster's Bible Translation
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

World English Bible
Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom, but a man of understanding keeps his way straight.

Young's Literal Translation
Folly is joy to one lacking heart, And a man of intelligence directeth his going.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
20A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. 21Folly is joy to one who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding walks a straight path. 22Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:15
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

Proverbs 10:23
The fool delights in shameful conduct, but a man of understanding has wisdom.

Proverbs 14:8
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools deceives them.

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Treasury of Scripture

Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

joy

Proverbs 10:23
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

Proverbs 14:9
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Proverbs 26:18,19
As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, …

destitute of wisdom

Proverbs 11:12
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

a man

Proverbs 14:16
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

Job 28:28
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.







Lexicon
Folly
אִ֭וֶּלֶת (’iw·we·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 200: Silliness

is joy
שִׂמְחָ֣ה (śim·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

to one who lacks
לַחֲסַר־ (la·ḥă·sar-)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

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

but a man
וְאִ֥ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of understanding
תְּ֝בוּנָ֗ה (tə·ḇū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice

walks
לָֽכֶת׃‪‬‪‬ (lā·ḵeṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

a straight path.
יְיַשֶׁר־ (yə·yaš·šer-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3474: To be straight, even, to be, right, pleasant, prosperous
(21) Folly.--Shown in wasted opportunities, and the commission of evil (Proverbs 10:23), while the "man of understanding" directs his way in accordance with the will of God.

Verse 21. - Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom; literally, void of heart; i.e. of understanding (Proverbs 10:23). The perverse, self-willed fool finds pleasure in going on his evil way, and exposing the fatuity which he takes for wisdom. Septuagint, "The ways of the senseless are wanting in intelligence." A man of understanding walketh uprightly; goes the right way. It is implied that the fool goes the wrong way. 15:16,17. Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked. 18. He that is slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. 19. Those who have no heart to their work, pretend that they cannot do their work without hardship and danger. And thus many live always in doubt about their state, because always in neglect of some duty. 20. Those who treat an aged mother or a father with contempt or neglect, show their own folly. 21. Such as are truly wise, study that their thoughts, words, and actions should be regular, sincere, and holy. 22. If men will not take time and pains to deliberate, they are not likely to bring any thing to pass. 23. Wisdom is needed to suit our discourse to the occasions. 24. A good man sets his affections on things above; his way leads directly thither.
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