Proverbs 18:15
New International Version
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

New Living Translation
Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.

English Standard Version
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Berean Study Bible
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it out.

New American Standard Bible
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

New King James Version
The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

King James Bible
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Christian Standard Bible
The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.

Contemporary English Version
Everyone with good sense wants to learn.

Good News Translation
Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it.

International Standard Version
The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.

NET Bible
The discerning person acquires knowledge, and the wise person seeks knowledge.

New Heart English Bible
The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An ordered heart possesses wisdom, and the ear of the wise listens to knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mind of a person who has understanding acquires knowledge. The ears of wise people seek knowledge.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of the man of understanding acquires wisdom, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

King James 2000 Bible
The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

American King James Version
The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

American Standard Version
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The heart of the sensible man purchases discretion; and the ears of the wise seek understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise heart shall acquire knowledge: and the ear of the wise seeketh instruction.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of an intelligent [man] getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

English Revised Version
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

World English Bible
The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the intelligent getteth knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
Study Bible
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
14The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit? 15The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it out. 16A man’s gift opens doors for him, and brings him before great men.…
Cross References
Ephesians 1:17
and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.

Proverbs 15:14
A discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 15:31
He who listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 23:23
Invest in truth and never sell it--in wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Treasury of Scripture

The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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

Proverbs 4:5,7
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth…

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.







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

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

acquires
יִקְנֶה־ (yiq·neh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

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

and the ear
וְאֹ֥זֶן (wə·’ō·zen)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 241: Broadness, the ear

of the wise
חֲ֝כָמִ֗ים (ḥă·ḵā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

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

it out.
דָּֽעַת׃ (dā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge
Verse 15. - The first clause is similar to Proverbs 15:14; the second gives a kind of explanation of the former - the understanding of the wise man is always expanding and increasing its stores, because his ear is open to instruction, and his ability grows by wholesome exercise (comp. Proverbs 1:5). Daath, "knowledge," which is used in both clauses, the LXX. translates by two words, αἴσθησιν and ἔννοιαν. 18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.
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