Proverbs 17:21
New International Version
To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.

New Living Translation
It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

English Standard Version
He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.

Berean Study Bible
A man fathers a fool to his own grief; the father of a fool has no joy.

New American Standard Bible
He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.

King James Bible
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Christian Standard Bible
A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.

Contemporary English Version
It's never pleasant to be the parent of a fool and have nothing but pain.

Good News Translation
There is nothing but sadness and sorrow for parents whose children do foolish things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow; the father of a fool has no joy.

International Standard Version
The man who fathers a fool does so to his sorrow— the father of a fool has no joy.

NET Bible
Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy.

New Heart English Bible
He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that begets a fool, it is to his own shame, neither will his father rejoice in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The parent of a fool has grief, and the father of a godless fool has no joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; And the father of a churl hath no joy.

New American Standard 1977
He who begets a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of a fool shall have no joy.

King James 2000 Bible
He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.

American King James Version
He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.

American Standard Version
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and the heart of a fool is grief to its possessor. A father rejoices not over an uninstructed son; but a wise son gladdens his mother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool is born to his own disgrace: and even his father shall not rejoice in a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow, and the father of a vile [man] hath no joy.

English Revised Version
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

World English Bible
He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is begetting a fool hath affliction for it, Yea, the father of a fool rejoiceth not.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
20The one with a perverse heart finds no good, and he whose tongue is deceitful will fall into trouble. 21A man fathers a fool to his own grief; the father of a fool has no joy. 22A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.

Proverbs 17:25
A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.

Proverbs 19:13
A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.

Treasury of Scripture

He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.

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Proverbs 17:25
A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Proverbs 15:20
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

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Proverbs 23:15,16
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine…

2 Corinthians 2:3
And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

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3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.







Lexicon
A man fathers
יֹלֵ֣ד (yō·lêḏ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3205: To bear young, to beget, medically, to act as midwife, to show lineage

a fool
כְּ֭סִיל (kə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

to his own grief;
לְת֣וּגָה (lə·ṯū·ḡāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8424: Depression, a grief

the father
אֲבִ֣י (’ă·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

of a fool
נָבָֽל׃ (nā·ḇāl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5036: Foolish, senseless

has no
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

joy.
יִ֝שְׂמַ֗ח (yiś·maḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8055: To brighten up, be, blithe, gleesome
(21) He that begetteth a fool (khesil).--See above, on Proverbs 1:32.

The father of a fool (n?bh?l).--See above, on Proverbs 17:7.

Verse 21. - He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow (comp. ver. 25). The words for "fool" in the two clauses are different. Here it is kesil, which implies bold, self-confident folly, the worst form of the vies; in the second hemistich it is nabal, which rather denotes dulness and stupidity, a want of mental power. A conceited, offensive fool causes infinite trouble to his father, both from his need of constant correction, and the watchfulness required to repair the consequences of his foolish actions. There is also the grief at seeing instruction and warning thrown away on a worthless object. Septuagint, "The heart of a fool is a pain to him who possesseth it." The father of a fool hath no joy. The contrast in the case of a good son is seen in Proverbs 15:20 and Proverbs 23:24. The LXX. adds a clause from Proverbs 10:1, with the view of improving the parallelism, "But a prudent son rejoiceth his mother." 17:19. If we would keep a clear conscience and a quiet mind, we must shun all excitements to anger. And a man who affects a style of living above his means, goes the way to ruin. 20. There is nothing got by ill designs. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. 21. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. 22. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. 23. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 24. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. 25. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. 26. It is very wrong to find fault for doing what is duty. 27,28. A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.
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