Proverbs 18:2
New International Version
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.

New Living Translation
Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

English Standard Version
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Berean Study Bible
A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in airing his opinions.

King James Bible
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

New King James Version
A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.

New American Standard Bible
A fool does not delight in understanding, But in revealing his own mind.

NASB 1995
A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

NASB 1977
A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

Amplified Bible
A [closed-minded] fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his personal opinions [unwittingly displaying his self-indulgence and his stupidity].

Christian Standard Bible
A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.

American Standard Version
A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A fool does not delight in wisdom because his heart meditates upon madness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A senseless man feels no need of wisdom, for he is rather led by folly.

Contemporary English Version
Fools have no desire to learn, instead they would rather give their own opinion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool receiveth not the words of prudence: unless thou say those things which are in his heart.

English Revised Version
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.

Good News Translation
A fool does not care whether he understands a thing or not; all he wants to do is show how smart he is.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fool does not find joy in understanding but only in expressing his own opinion.

International Standard Version
A fool finds no satisfaction in trying to understand, for he would rather express his own opinion.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may lay itself bare.

Literal Standard Version
A fool does not delight in understanding, But in uncovering his heart.

NET Bible
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in disclosing what is on his mind.

New Heart English Bible
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.

World English Bible
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.

Young's Literal Translation
A fool delighteth not in understanding, But -- in uncovering his heart.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
1He who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment. 2A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in airing his opinions. 3With a wicked man comes contempt as well, and shame is accompanied by disgrace.…

Cross References
Proverbs 12:23
A shrewd man keeps his knowledge to himself, but a foolish heart proclaims its folly.

Proverbs 13:16
Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.

Proverbs 18:3
With a wicked man comes contempt as well, and shame is accompanied by disgrace.

Ecclesiastes 10:3
Even as the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking, and he shows everyone that he is a fool.


Treasury of Scripture

A fool has no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

fool

Proverbs 1:7,22
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction…

Proverbs 17:16
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Psalm 1:1,2
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…

but

Numbers 24:15,16
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: …

1 Corinthians 14:12
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

Philippians 1:15
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:









(2) But that his heart may discover itself--i.e., unless his cleverness can be displayed thereby; he does not prize understanding for itself, apart from his own interests.

Verse 2. - A fool hath no delight in understanding. This may mean that he takes no pleasure in the wisdom of others, is self-opinionated; or, it may be, does not care for understanding in itself, apart from the use which he can make of it. Vulgate, "The fool receives not the words of wisdom;" Septuagint, "A man of no sense has no need of wisdom." To try to teach a fool is to cast pearls before swine, and to give that which is holy unto dogs. But that his heart may discover itself; i.e. his only delight is in revealing his heart, displaying his un-wisdom and his foolish thoughts, as in Proverbs 12:28; Proverbs 13:16; Proverbs 15:2. He thinks that thus he is showing himself superior to others, and benefiting the world at large. The LXX. gives the reason, "For rather by folly he is led."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

does not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

delight
יַחְפֹּ֣ץ (yaḥ·pōṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire

in understanding,
בִּתְבוּנָ֑ה (biṯ·ḇū·nāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8394: Intelligence, an argument, caprice

but only
כִּ֝֗י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

in airing
בְּהִתְגַּלּ֥וֹת (bə·hiṯ·gal·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1540: To denude, to exile, to reveal

his opinions.
לִבּֽוֹ׃ (lib·bōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre


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